The old adage asserts that everything is bigger in Texas, and it seems that no matter what challenges may arise, the sentiment remains destined to hold true.
Lake Jackson–based Buc-ee’s convenience store first claimed the title for the largest in the world with its most spacious location in New Braunfels, sprawled across roughly 66,000 square feet. The gas station and convenience store chain, which opened its first “family travel center” in Luling in 2003, had quickly become a Texas must-stop on road trips—for the clean restrooms, the cheap gas, and the in-house kitchen, where you can purchase homemade fudge, jerky, and the best pulled pork sandwich you’ll find at a gas station. And how could you forget the lovable beaver mascot anchored at the entrance?
There are so many things to love about the Texas staple, which has expanded to 35 locations across the state. However, for a brief moment, the homefront lost its superiority in square footage, as Buc-ee’s own franchises opened bigger locations in both Tennessee and Colorado—quite the sucker punch to the Texas-born beaver nuggets.
But as more states become a home to the cheeky beaver, Buc-ee’s decided to right some wrongs. The convenience store is outstripping its already mega-size gas stations once again by returning to its roots, bringing a gargantuan convenience store to Texas—the biggest one yet, according to a press release.
After 19 years in business, the original Luling Buc-ee’s location will soon close, with a new 75,000-square-foot location to open in its place. According to the release, the new station will be built alongside the current store, making for a “seamless transition” from the old location to the new one. And as an additional endemic nod to Texas lore, the gas station superstore will out-big the Tennessee and Colorado Buc-ee’s locations by roughly 1,000 feet.
“Buc-ee’s has grown into an iconic Texas brand that now shares our Texas pride with new stores throughout the Southeast and West,” said Stan Beard, director of real estate at Buc-ee’s, in a statement. “We are humbled to have this opportunity to strengthen our roots in Texas and will continue to exceed our customers’ expectations every chance we get.”
Located at 10070 I-10, the new Buc-ee’s will host 120 fueling stations and 60 gas pumps. The new development will also supply more jobs than its predecessor, with plans to employ 200 people. Construction is tentatively scheduled for the fall.
“The new Buc-ee’s Luling will continue that location’s pioneering history and ensure the nation’s largest Buc-ee’s remains where it belongs … in Texas,” the news release said.
In other words, we’re simply reclaiming what was always rightfully ours. After all, you don’t want to mess with Texas. Or our beaver nuggets.