Mega-convenience-store chain Buc-ee’s Ltd. will break ground on a new travel center in Harrison County, Mississippi, on Sept. 13, its first in the state, the company has announced. It also is planning to open its first location in Ohio, in Huber Heights, according to Mayor Jeff Gore.
Harrison County, Mississippi
Located at I-10 and Menge Avenue, the Buc-ee's in Harrison County will occupy 74,000 square feet and offer 120 fueling positions and 24 EV charging stations. Buc-ee's traditional offerings, including Texas barbeque, homemade fudge, kolaches, Beaver Nuggets, jerky and fresh pastries, will all be available, along with the highly touted clean restrooms.
“Harrison County is a vibrant community with five thriving cities and stunning beaches,” said Stan Beard, director of real estate for Buc-ee’s. “It's perfectly situated along I-10 between our Texas and Alabama stores, and we can't wait to be the best place to stop on the Mississippi Coast.” Harrison County, named for President William Henry Harrison, is home to Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi.
The store will bring at least 200 full-time jobs to the Harrison County area, with starting pay beginning above minimum wage, full benefits, a 6% matching 401k and three weeks of paid vacation, the company said.
Buc-ee’s did not offer a projected opening date for the store.
Huber Heights, Ohio
“The rumors you have heard are true!,” Mayor Gore said in a Facebook post on August 10. “The very first Buc-ee’s in the state of Ohio is coming to Huber Heights. It will be at the intersection of 235 and 70 in the northeast corner. Yes, this is in Huber Heights, not New Carlisle or Park Layne. Representatives from Buc-ee’s will be at the planning commission meeting on Tuesday August 15th. You won’t have to drive to Kentucky now to get your beef jerky and brisket sandwiches! Welcome to Huber Heights Buc-ee’s. We’re happy to have you!!”
The social media post included a plan for the nearly 53-acre site in the community near Dayton, which shows a 74,000-square-foot store, 120 fueling positions, 24 Tesla electric-vehicle (EV) charging positions, eight diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) positions, 698 parking spots, 11 bus and RV parking spots and more.
Buc-ee’s did not immediately respond to a CSP request to confirm the mayor’s announcement.
Founded in 1982, Buc-ee's has 46 locations, 34 in Texas, as well as 12 in other states. Since beginning its multi-state expansion in 2019, Buc-ee's has opened travel centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The Lake Jackson, Texas-based company is also headed West with groundbreakings in Colorado and Missouri.
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