Buc-ee’s has 32 giant locations in Texas. The stores are typically 50,000 square feet of retail space with fueling areas that have 80 to 120 positions, with no 18-wheelers allowed except for deliveries. Buc-ee’s is known for extremely clean restrooms and a large selection of pastries, sandwiches, jerky and fudge, as well as Beaver Nuggets, caramel-covered corn puffs inspired by the chain’s ubiquitous mascot, Buc-ee the Beaver.
Lake Jackson, Texas-based Buc-ee’s will develop 35 acres in Daytona Beach, Fla., off Interstate 95. It anticipates rezoning the property by the end of 2017, with construction starting thereafter, according to Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co., a Daytona Beach-based real-estate company that sold the land to Buc-ee’s.
Construction of new stores typically takes nine months to a year, Jeff Nadalo, Buc-ee’s general counsel, told The Daytona Beach News-Journal. “We don’t have a timetable” on when the new store will open, he said. “It’s the first one that we are announcing. Certainly, we’d expect to have several.”
“You get 300,000 people moving to Florida every year, and we’re the third-largest gasoline market in the country, behind Texas and California,” Ned Bowman, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, told the newspaper. Buc-ee’s officials had reached out to the association for advice on potential store locations, he said.
John Albright, CEO of Consolidated-Tomoka, said Buc-ee’s may have been drawn to the location in part because of the new nearby Tanger Outlets mall. “They’re located next to two Tanger Outlets in Texas,” he told the paper.
“Buc-ee’s has such a loyal following that people driving down I-95 are going to want to plan their stops here,” he said. “It’s going to be a destination convenience store.”