Fort Worth

July 16, 2014

Buc-ee’s looking at land across from Texas Motor Speedway

The famous Texas operator of huge convenience stores is looking at the northeast corner of Interstate 35W and Texas 114, among other North Texas sites.

Buc-ee’s, the famous Texas operator of huge convenience stores known for their potties and wide selection of snacks and unique products, is considering land in far north Fort Worth for one of its next locations.

Jeff Nadalo, Buc-ee’s general counsel, confirmed that the retailer is looking at the northeast corner of Interstate 35W and Texas 114, among other locations.

“Right now, we are currently evaluating that as a possibility,” Nadalo said of the site east of the Texas Motor Speedway, but he added the company had not reached an agreement to buy property. “We would like to put in a location if we can reach terms with local governmental entities as well as other stakeholders.”

Earlier this year, Buc-ee’s was reported to be looking at a Corinth site off I-35E and Corinth Parkway, north of Dallas. Nadalo said the company is seeking multiple locations. “We are interested in developing our footprint in the North Texas region,” he said.

Even if the company chose a site today, it would be at least 10 months or more before a store could open, Nadalo said.

Buc-ee’s stores are more than 60,000 square feet and employ up to 225 workers, with starting pay between $11 and $14 an hour. Nadalo described the stores as a cross between the upscale Central Market grocery chain and Bass Pro Shops. They are open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Arch “Beaver” Aplin III and Don Wasek opened their first store in Lake Jackson in 1982. The company has 29 stores, having just opened one in Texas City in May. It will open a store in Baytown in December.

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