Established in 1959, LEE HI Travel Plaza is one of the oldest truck stops on the East Coast. LEE HI began as LEE HI Truck Stop, which was a Pure Oil Truck Stop, and was built and operated by J. C. Heizer. The Truck Stop was operated by J. C. Heizer until 1968 when Leonard Pennington, who served as General Manager, purchased LEE HI from J.C. Heizer. In October 1981, ownership of LEE HI Truck Stop changes again and Bobby Berkstresser becomes owner.
On Saturday, October 3rd, 1981 , Bobby Berkstresser began running LEE HI with a staff of 9 employees and a facility that included a Restaurant, Fuel Stop, and Garage.
Without a doubt, many changes have taken place at LEE HI within the past 30 years under the ownership of Bobby Berkstresser, and many additions have been made!
On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, LEE HI Travel Plaza teamed up with TA, Travel Centers of America.
LEE HI Time Line:
1984 LEE HI built it's first Service Shop
1985 LEE HI signs a contract with Petroleum Marketers, Inc. thus
changing LEE HI to a Shell fuel provider
1986 LEE HI Parts Department is built
1990 LEE HI provides a new service called LEE HI Crane and Equipment Rental
1991 Western Star Truck Sales begin at LEE HI
Convenience Store was built
Restrooms & Shower facility was added
1994 Machine Shop begins at LEE HI
1995 Remodeling of Fuel Island
Built new 14 bay Service Shop
Built new Parts Department
New Offices for Sales were built
1996 LEE HI Truck Stop is renamed LEE HI Travel Plaza to better fit the services offered
4 bay Body Shop was added
Areas were paved for additional Truck Parking
1997 New Office Complex was built
More Showers were added
Laundry facility, Chapel, TV Room were added
13 Acres were purchased and construction begins on LEE HI campground
1998 LEE HI Excavating begins
1999 Remodeling & Additions to Convenience Store
LEE HI Campground Opened
2001 Renovations were made to Berky's Restaurant
2004 Built a 16,000 sq. ft. maintenance facility that houses all cranes and towing equipment
2008 Remodeling Convenience Store
2011 Remodeling Convenience Store, Berky's Restaurant,
Showers, & Drivers Lounge/Game Room
2011 LEE HI is a TA, Travel Centers of America
2013 Sold LEE HI Crane
2014 Sold LEE HI Towing
2017 Berky's Closed it's doors for the new construction of IHOP
2017 IHOP Opened
Today, LEE HI Travel Plaza, Vesuvius, Inc., employs approximately 175 people within an establishment that consists of LEE HI Travel Store, IHOP, LEE HI Campground, LEE HI Truck Parts & Service. LEE HI Travel Plaza is also home to Cedar Hill Christian Chapel as well as offering a Laundry facility, Shower facility, Game Room, TV Lounge, and Cat Scales.