On the heels of the announcement last week that mega-travel center retailer Wally’s will locate its fourth gigantic store in Independence, Missouri, Buc-ee’s Ltd. has announced the opening date, Dec. 11, of its newest location in Springfield, Missouri, its first in the Show Me State.
Buc-ee’s Springfield will occupy approximately 53,000 square feet and offer 120 fueling positions. The store will offer thousands of snack, meal and drink options for travelers. Buc-ee’s signature items available include Texas barbeque, fudge, kolaches, Beaver nuggets, jerky and fresh pastries. The chain also is known for its clean bathrooms.
The company said state and local leaders it expects to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony include Springfield Mayor Ken McClure, Springfield Councilman Abe McGull and others.
After the opening of Buc-ee’s Springfield, Lake Jackson, Texas-based Buc-ee’s will operate 47 stores across Texas and the South. Since beginning its multi-state expansion in 2019, Buc-ee’s has opened travel centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“Springfield is rich with history that attracts travelers from all across the country, and we are honored to be opening our first store in the birthplace of Route 66!” said Stan Beard, director of real estate for Buc-ee’s. “We are thrilled to bring Buc-ee’s to the community and treat our road-trippers to the hospitality that Missouri is known for.”
The Springfield store will bring 200 new, permanent, full-time jobs to the area with starting pay beginning well above minimum wage, full benefits, a 6% matching 401k and three weeks of paid vacation, the company said.
Buc-ee’s was founded in Texas in 1982. Since beginning its multi-state expansion in 2019, it has opened travel centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Lake Jackson, Texas-based company announced plans for the first Virginia location earlier this year, and it is breaking ground in Colorado and Mississippi.
In other company news, Buc-ee’s also recently joined forces with Mercedes-Benz HPC North America LLC to launch a network of electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations at most of Buc-ee’s existing travel centers, starting with about 30 by the end of 2024.
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