The famous Buc-ee’s will open in Royse City this coming Monday, June 17, 2019. Here is a little History on the Buc-ee’s journey to where they are now.
Buc-ee’s is an American chain of convenience store and gas station located in the Central, North, South, and Southeast regions of Texas and Robertsdale, Alabama. The company is owned by Arch “Beaver” Aplin III and Don Wasek and has its headquarters in Lake Jackson, Texas. The chain is known for its very large-format stores (relative to other convenience stores) and a logo depicting a beaver.
Co-Founders Don Wasek and Arch “Beaver” Aplin opened their first store as partners, which is still open as of 2019, in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1982. Aplin formed the name Buc-ee’s by combining his childhood nickname; the name of his Labrador Retriever, Buck; as well as the appeal of Ipana toothpaste’s animated mascot, Bucky the beaver.
Buc-ee’s expanded and opened their first travel center in Luling, Texas in 2001. Buc-ee’s are large stores with fuel pumps that range from 80-120 fueling positions for gas and diesel (some stores include Ethanol Free and DEF) and a huge selection of beef jerky, pastries, fresh sandwiches, tacos, Dippin’ Dots and fudge and other items.
In 2012, Buc-ee’s opened its largest travel center in New Braunfels, Texas on Interstate 35. The New Braunfels location is the largest convenience store in the world at 68,000 square feet. The store features 120 fueling positions, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers, 4 Icee machines, and 80 fountain dispensers. It also offers tubing and water gear for enjoying the nearby Guadalupe River.
In September 2015 it was announced that at least part of Buc-ee’s corporate operations would move to office space at Pearland Town Center. The “partial headquarters” would house legal and human resources departments of the company. The space was to be ready by the early part of 2016,
The second Buc-ee’s in the Metroplex opened on May 23, 2016. The store is located in far northern Fort Worth, across the street from Texas Motor Speedway. The third DFW location opened in Denton, Texas on October 29, 2018
On March 8, 2016, Buc-ee’s announced a possible first location outside of the state of Texas would be located in Baton Rouge, LA. The location was expected to open in early 2017, however, on October 4, 2016, Buc-ee’s announced that the plans for the Baton Rouge location had been terminated.
On April 12, 2017, Buc-ee’s announced that it will open their first convenience store/gas station outside of Texas in Daytona Beach, Florida. It will be located on the north side of LPGA Boulevard across from Tanger Outlets, just east of Interstate 95 and immediately west of Stonewood Grill & Tavern (formerly Vince Carter’s). At 50,000 square feet with 120 fueling positions the Daytona Beach travel center will be the largest in Florida and the largest outside of Texas. Construction began in summer 2018.
In January 2018, Buc-ee’s broke ground on a second out of Texas location, in Baldwin County, Alabama. It will be the second Buc-ee’s to be built outside of Texas and the first in Alabama. A few weeks after the Baldwin County location began construction, Buc-ee’s announced that a second Southern Alabama location will be built in Mobile.
Buc-ee’s broke ground on another North-Texas location in Melissa, Texas on February 5, 2018. The store is located off New Davis Road and U.S. Highway 75. The store is expected to open in February 2019.
In June 2018, Buc-ee’s approached landowners in Texarkana, Texas with interest in acreage off Interstate 30 and State Line Ave., for a future store site. The company has the option to buy the property, but as of yet, has not exercised that option.
In late 2018, Buc-ee’s announced a deal with Tooshlights to put special indicator lights in bathrooms to alert customers to which stalls are occupied or not. This is similar to the indicator lights used at some parking facilities that tell drivers which parking spaces are available and which are not. The Katy and Temple Buc-ee’s stores would be the first to get the special bathroom indicator lights.