Why Is Buc-ee’s the Best Gas Station

If you travel a lot, you may have found it challenging to find a stop along the road that can meet all of your needs. It would be convenient to refuel your vehicle, grab a bite to eat that isn’t fast food, use the restroom, and wash the grime off your car. 

Well, it might surprise you to find that one travel stop chain can provide all of that and more. Buc-ee’s will fuel you, feed you, empty you, wash you and entertain you, all in record time.

There is one caveat, however. You may not want to leave quickly, as Buc-ee’s is a bit addictive. In fact, it may keep you coming back.

The exterior sign of Buc-ee's convenience store has red litters and a circular logo of Bucky the Beaver.
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What Is Buc-ee’s?

When you travel, if you look for fuel stations that offer a little more than just gasoline, Buc-ee’s will not disappoint. The travel center, known for its numerous fuel islands and spotless restrooms, has a loyal following across Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida. It has recently expanded into Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and South Carolina. 

Arch Aplin II and Don Wasek founded the company in Clute, Texas, in 1982. Buc-ee’s was a typical gas station convenience store until 2001 when Aplin decided that supersizing was the way to go.

Newly constructed gas stations installed 80 to 120 fuel stations, and the convenience stores put in kitchens for homemade food. 

Additionally, it bulked up on collectible items, refreshments, and packaged goods. Aplin’s childhood nickname beaver became the mascot for many store products like Beaver Nuggets and has taken on a cult-like following,

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What Is So Great About Buc-ee’s?

Buc-ee’s has become an institution in its home state of Texas, with freshly cooked comfort foods like brisket, puddings, and fudge. But more people revere them for plenty of clean restrooms. Travelers looking for a place to refuel and empty their bladders may find more than they could imagine when they stop at a Buc-ee’s Travel Center. 

On the service side of things, Buc-ee’s offers so many fuel stations and parking places outside that no one ever has to wait. Inside the store, it has the same situation. With so many associates and cash registers, you can get in and out in a flash. But you may not want to leave.

It has a more alluring atmosphere. Customers and employees seem to enjoy being in the store, talking to a ‘live’ Buc-ee’s mascot in a suit, and purchasing branded items and tasty brisket sandwiches.

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What Products Will You Find at Buc-ee’s?

Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets, homemade fudge, beef jerky bars, and fresh chopped brisket on the board have become favorites at the travel center. But you can also get hundreds of other food items at Buc-ee’s.

They also carry clothing (much of it branded with Bucky Beaver), home decor, some electronics, automotive products, and more.

Cartons of Buc-ee's OverBite chocolate bars on the shelves at the gas station.
Take a big bite of a chocolatey Buc-ee’s OverBite bar!
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Is Buc-ee’s the Biggest Gas Station in Texas? 

Yes, Buc-ee’s is the largest service station in the Lone Star state, with 120 fuel stations and a 68,000-sq-ft convenience store. This particular award-winning Buc-ee’s is located in New Braunfels, Texas, and has 64 ice freezers, 80 fountain dispensers for soda, and 21 cash registers. And its restrooms, with a total of 83 toilets, were named “Best Restroom in America” in 2012.

What Is the Largest Buc-ee’s Gas Station?

The Buc-ee’s location in New Braunfels, Texas holds the world record as the largest convenience store globally. It has 120 fueling stations and 1,000 parking spaces.

But the company recently reported that it would build a new station in Sevierville, Tennessee. This new location will overtake the New Braunfels in size. 

The new Buc-ee’s will open in 2023 with 72,000 sq-ft. It will move the world record to Tennessee but keep it in the Buc-ee’s family. It seems Bucky Beaver just keeps outdoing himself.

Why Are People Obsessed With Buc-ee’s?

Buc-ee’s customer service is incomparable. Its associates are masters at engaging customers, and it has excellent products. Take, for instance, the “chopped brisket on the board.” This call goes out by associates when the delectable brisket is ready for fresh sandwiches. 

Buc-ee’s hired eight-time BBQ champion, Randy Pauly, as its director of barbeque. He is responsible for the meat and involving staff as “callers.” Customers head to the meat department as soon as the call for fresh food goes out across the store.

And to tell the truth, most travelers are also obsessed with Buc-ee’s immaculate restrooms. They sparkle and shine, and once again, it has no waiting line. The number of toilets is almost uncountable.

A Bucky Beaver sticker from Buc-ee's gas station stuck to a street pole in Greece.
A Bucky Beaver sticker found on a street pole in Greece.

Is Buc-ee’s Worth Visiting?

Buc-ee’s is a definite yes when looking for new places to visit or just refuel. It is a rest-stop experience like no other.

And once you’ve discovered Buc-ee’s, you may become one of their loyal followers. You may look for the world’s largest convenience store and gas station everywhere you travel.

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