Big changes are in the works at the new Garden Inn Truck Plaza on U.S. 60 in Cabool.
Construction began last week on the first phase of a project that will completely rework the former El Rancho Truck Plaza in eastern Cabool.
“We’re going to fix every inch of this,” owner Sunny Bindra said.
The facility was purchased recently by RB Management Midwest, a New Jersey company owned by Bindra and his wife and daughter. They own several truck stops and related businesses in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and are expanding to the Midwest. Cabool will be their second project in Missouri, along with a recently finished a 22-acre truck plaza at Mound City.
Already completed at the Cabool truck stop are new canopies at the fuel pumps, and new pumps are coming soon. Bindra said the diesel service will be capable of pumping 400 gallons in less than seven minutes.
“Outside, everything will be brand-new,” he said.
Improvements will include a complete resurfacing of the driveway and parking areas. The area will also be newly landscaped.
“I love creating gardens,” Bindra said. “I’m very fond of landscaping.”
Work planned inside is also extensive.
“We are redoing the convenience store completely,” Bindra said.
The result will double the size of the convenience store area. The restaurant will take on an entirely different look and will include a sports bar area. The truckers’ lounge will also be upgraded.
The business will be open throughout the renovation work, and plans are for the first phase to be completed before Christmas.
The second phase will begin in the spring and feature construction of a 24-room motel on the hill on the east side of the property. As with the truck plaza, the motel will also carry the name Garden Inn. It is used on all the company’s properties, from motor inns to RV parks and truck plazas. “Whatever we do, it’s always Garden Inn,” Bindra said.
Wherever he is working, Bindra said he uses as much local labor and materials as possible in his construction. At Cabool, he estimated at least 80 percent of the labor would be done by local workers.
Once the motel is completed, Bindra said he plans to hold a “massive grand opening.”
Bindra has 30 years of experience in the gas and oil industry and said he truly enjoys his job.
“For me, this is a passion,” he said. “It’s like raising a child and seeing that child become successful.”
The company is also in the process of acquiring the former Midwest Truck Stop, on U.S. 60 at the Texas/Howell county line.
“We will rebuild it from the ground level up,” Bindra said.
Plans for that facility include new fuel pumps and a restaurant.