Travelers' Oasis Ground Breaking
JEROME 20/20, INC.
Travelers’ Oasis Truck Plaza home of The Garden of Eden
Eden, Jerome County, Idaho
Ground-Breaking Ceremony – April 20, 2021, 11:00 AM
EDEN, JEROME COUNTY, IDAHO – On April 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM, the Travelers’ Oasis Truck Plaza, 1017 S. 1150, Eden, Jerome County, Idaho, (I-84 Exit 182), will be having a ground-breaking ceremony for a new 33,000 sq. ft. Truck Stop Plaza; Garden of Eden Food Court; large Convenience Store; Garden of Grapes wine store; and a drivers’ store on the main level. The Garden of Eden will have Taco Time, Krispy Krunchy Chicken, Pizza Hut, Sonic Burgers (and drive-through), Cinnabon Bakery, and Cinnabon Expresso Coffee franchises. Travelers’ Oasis will have a cook-to-order breakfast niche continuing to feature their famous chicken fried steak breakfasts. The lower level of the two-story building will house a truckers’ lounge, showers, and laundromat. The business offices will be located on the lower level.
Travelers’ Oasis employs an average of eighty full and part-time employees. The new enlarged property is expected to add 20 to 30 additional employees. The new building will be built directly behind the existing building. When completed, the existing building will be demolished and replaced with additional automobile parking, followed by a new gasoline island. Additional truck parking will be created on adjoining property to the south, owned by Travelers’ Oasis. The new center will cost approximately $11 million and is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2022. The general contractor is Starr Corporation and the architect is Laughlin Ricks Architecture, both Twin Falls-based companies.
The Travelers' Oasis Truck Plaza near the Hansen bridge, started as a two-bay service station built in the 1960s. Dan & Sonja Willie acquired the location in 1979 and moved with their family from Pocatello. Both sons, Troy and Mont, are active partners in the family businesses. After several building additions, the facility has grown into a 22,000 sq. ft. truck stop on sixteen acres of land.
The two-bay service station was expanded in late 1979 to include a store and breakfast and burger counter and became known as Travelers’ Oasis Truck Plaza. In 1985, a full-service sit-down restaurant and a larger store were added. The year 1999 saw another major remodel and addition, doubling the size of the facility adding a three-brand food court, a 5,000 sq. ft. truckers lounge, increased retail space, and the Garden of Eden.
Now after all the remodels and additions it is time for a massive rebuild says Dan Willie, Owner. For more than 42 years, the Travelers’ Oasis Truck Plaza has been the hub for additional investments including truck stops; the creation of Kickback Points Rewards Systems serving over 3900 locations nationwide; Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center; and 28 Oasis Stop ‘N Go convenience stores.