Buc-ee's

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Buc-ee's
TypePrivate
Industry
Founded1982; 40 years ago (1982)
FoundersDon Wasek
Arch "Beaver" Aplin III
Headquarters,
U.S.
Number of locations
55[1]
ProductsFuel, convenience food, etc.
Websitewww.buc-ees.com

Buc-ee's is a chain of country stores and gas stations with locations in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.[2] Additional locations are currently under development in Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.[3] Plans for an additional location in North Carolina were shelved in early 2021.[4] The company is owned by Arch "Beaver" Aplin III and Don Wasek, and has its headquarters in Lake Jackson, Texas.[5]

History[edit]

Founder Arch "Beaver" Aplin opened his first store as partners in Clute, Texas in 1982 (it is still open). Aplin formed the name Buc-ee's by combining his childhood nickname; the name of his Labrador Retriever, Buck; as well as the appeal of Ipana toothpaste's animated mascot, Bucky the beaver.[6][7] Aplin was born in Southeast Texas, with his father originating from, and grandparents residing in, Harrisonburg, Louisiana.[8]

Buc-ee's expanded and opened its first travel center in Luling, Texas, in 2001. Buc-ee's are large stores with fuel pumps that range from 80 to 120 fueling positions for gas and diesel (some stores include Ethanol Free and DEF) and a large selection of jerky, pastries, fresh sandwiches, tacos, Dippin' Dots, fudge and other items.

In 2012, Buc-ee's opened its largest travel center in New Braunfels, Texas, on Interstate 35. The New Braunfels location is the largest convenience store in the world at 68,000 square feet (6,300 m2).[9] The store features 120 fueling positions, 1,000 parking spots, 64 ice freezers, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers, four Icee machines, and 80 fountain dispensers. It also offers tubing and water gear for enjoying the nearby Guadalupe River. The New Braunfels, Texas store was named the 2012 "Best Restroom in America" by Cintas.[10]

After significant expansion in the Greater Houston area and Central Texas, the first Buc-ee's in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex opened in Terrell, Texas, on June 22, 2015. The travel center is located three miles west of Tanger Outlets on Interstate 20.

In September 2015, it was announced that at least part of Buc-ee's corporate operations would move to office space at Pearland Town Center. The "partial headquarters" would house legal and human resources departments of the company. The space was to be ready by the early part of 2016.[11]

The second Buc-ee's in the Metroplex opened on May 23, 2016. The store is located in far northern Fort Worth, across the street from Texas Motor Speedway.[12] The third DFW location opened in Denton, Texas, on October 29, 2018.

Buc-ee's broke ground on another North Texas location in Melissa, Texas, on February 5, 2018. The store is located off New Davis Road and U.S. Highway 75. The store opened April 29, 2019.[13][14]

Expansion outside Texas[edit]

On March 8, 2016, Buc-ee's announced a possible first location outside of the state of Texas would be located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[15] The location was expected to open in early 2017; however, on October 4, 2016, Buc-ee's announced that the plans for the Baton Rouge location had been terminated.[16][17]

On April 12, 2017, Buc-ee's announced that it would open their first convenience store/gas station outside of Texas in Daytona Beach, Florida, located on the north side of LPGA Boulevard across from Tanger Outlets, just east of Interstate 95 and immediately west of Stonewood Grill & Tavern (formerly Vince Carter's).[18] Construction began in summer 2018.[19] However, delays in the project pushed the construction date to sometime in 2021. Since the announcement of the Daytona Beach location, Buc-ee's also announced a new location to be built near St. Augustine, Florida.[20] The St. Augustine location opened first on February 23, 2021, and the Daytona location opened on March 22, 2021.[21]

Inside of a Buc-ee's, Terrell, Texas

In January 2018, Buc-ee's broke ground on what became its first location outside of Texas, in Baldwin County, Alabama.[22]

And in June 2019, Buc-ee's broke ground on a second Alabama location, to be located along Interstate 20 in Leeds, not far from Barber Motorsports Park.[23][24]

Buc-ee's broke ground on its first store in Georgia in Warner Robins near the interchange of Interstate 75 and Russell Parkway on November 18, 2019. Buc-ee's chose Warner Robins as the location of its first Georgia store for its central location between Atlanta and Florida,[25] its fast population growth as well as the presence of Robins Air Force Base. The Warner Robins location opened on November 18, 2020, exactly one year to the date of ground breaking, and brought 200 jobs to the area.[26] Buc-ee's opened a store at the World Golf Village in Northeast Florida in February 2021, bringing about 250 jobs to the area.[27] Buc-ee's opened its second Georgia store in Calhoun at exit 310 on Interstate 75 and SR-53 (Union Grove Road) approximately halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee in August 2021, filling 175 jobs.[28]

Buc-ee's in Terrell, Texas

In July 2020, Buc-ee's announced plans to build its first store in Kentucky. The store is located in Richmond on Interstate 75, opened to the public on April 19, 2022 at 06:00 AM local time. A grand opening ceremony was held on April 19, 2022 at 11:00 AM local time. The store is the farthest north for the chain to date.[29]

In February 2021, Buc-ee's abandoned a planned expansion into North Carolina in Orange County. Locals in the community of Efland, where the convenience store chain planned to build, cited environmental concerns such as increased traffic congestion and potential pollution of a nearby protected watershed as their reason for opposing Buc-ee's.[30]

With its first Kentucky store having just broken ground for construction, in April 2021 Buc-ee's purchased land off Interstate 65 in Smiths Grove, Kentucky, about 10 miles (16 km) north of Bowling Green and just south of Mammoth Cave National Park.[31]

In June 2021, Buc-ee's announced plans to break ground on June 15 for a new travel center located at 2045 Genesis Road off of Interstate 40 in Crossville, Tennessee. This would mark the first Buc-ee's location in the state of Tennessee. Buc-ee's Crossville opened on June 27, 2022, and occupies more than 53,400 square feet (4,960 m2) and offers 120 fueling stations just outside its store with snack, meal, and drink options for travelers. The new business has brought at least 175 new jobs to the location.[32] It's been cited as one of the best places to stop on a road trip.[33]

In January 2022, they announced that a new location will open in Springfield, Missouri, in 2023 off Interstate 44.[34]

On May 16, 2022, the first Buc-ee's in South Carolina opened. It is located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Route 327 in Florence.[35]

Announced further expansion[edit]

Locations that have been announced include two in Alabama planned for 2023 in Athens and Auburn along with Sevierville, Tennessee, Smiths Grove, Kentucky, and Springfield, Missouri, followed by 2024 and 2025 expected locations in Johnstown, Colorado, and one in Harrison County, Mississippi.[36] Buc-ee's locations are regularly requested in New Mexico, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, so it is likely that they are being explored for Buc-ee's locations.[37] It is sometimes incorrectly assumed that New Mexico and Oklahoma already have Buc-ee's locations,[38] so it is speculated that Albuquerque and Oklahoma City locations will be announced.[39]

Lawsuits[edit]

In recent years, during the company's rapidly growing success, Buc-ee's has filed numerous lawsuits against other convenience store chains, most of them based in Texas, for trademark and trade dress infringement.

In 2014, Buc-ee's filed a lawsuit against Texas based convenience store chain "Frio Beaver".[40] Frio Beaver, a company with a logo also depicting a beaver in a yellow circle with a black outline, was accused of copying the iconic Buc-ee's beaver head logo, which the company is widely known for in Texas. The case was settled out of court in Dec. 2014: B&B Grocery Inc. agreed to stop using the "Frio Beaver" logo and mascot. [41]

In 2016, Buc-ee's sued "Choke Canyon BBQ", another Texas convenience store, for copyright infringement and trade dressing.[42] Choke Canyon uses a logo of a grinning alligator in the middle of a yellow circle, which Buc-ee's claims is an attempt by the chain to resemble the Buc-ee's logo. Choke Canyon is also calling their new stores "Bucky's".[43] Choke Canion lost the federal lawsuit in May 2018 with Choke Canion changing their logo to a cowboy inside of an orange circle.[44]

In 2017, Buc-ee's again filed a lawsuit for breaking an agreement, this time against a Nebraska-based convenience store chain known as "Bucky's".[45] The two companies had agreed to remain in their respective states and expand only to states where the other did not operate.

There was also a non-logo related lawsuit filed in 2013 against "Chicks", a convenience store located in Bryan, Texas, for trade dressing by allegedly copying Buc-ee's mega convenience store designs and layout.[46] The case was settled out of court.[40]

Buc-ee's also lost a Texas Employee Retention Agreement case on an appeal in 2017. A year after a trial court ordered a former employee to pay Buc-ee's close to $100,000 in damages and attorney's fees for breaching a "Retention Agreement," a Texas court of appeals reversed the decision and ordered that Buc-ee's take nothing on its claims against the former employee. The court reasoned that the contract violated Texas' employment-at-will doctrine. It could only be valid if it met the requirements of an actual non-compete agreement, but as this did not meet Texas' requirement for non-compete, the contract was not enforceable.[47]

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