Tuesday, October 6, 2020

[UPDATE] Georgia's First Buc-ee's Planning November Opening, "Invasion" of the South Coming Soon

About twenty months after we first we reported they were entering the market, and about a year after breaking ground, Texas-based Buc-ee's is getting ready to open their first mega store in the state.   The new 53,000 square foot Buc-ee's at 7001 Russell Parkway occupies a roughly 20 acre site at the southeast corner of I-75 and Russell Parkway in Warner Robins in Peach County.  A company spokesperson says plans call for the new Buc-ee's to open Wednesday, November 18, a week before the potentially busy Thanksgiving holiday, and more than a month ahead of what was announced in 2019 to be an "early 2021" debut. 

The Warner Robins Buc-ee's will be the first of two known locations planned for Georgia.  A second Buc-ee's, which ToNeTo Atlanta was first to report on November 12, 2019, is planned for 250 Johnson Lake Road, a roughly 22 acre property just off I-75 in Calhoun in Gordon County.  

Lake Jackson, Texas-based Buc-ee's was established in 1982, and until their January 2019 opening in Alabama, operated exclusively in Texas.  The Alabama opening, off I-10, between Pensacola and Mobile in Baldwin County, follows the company's current expansion strategy of locating large epic convenience stores and fuel centers just off the highway, between large cites and popular destinations. 

"World domination" is how Texas Monthly described the Buc-ee's expansion effort in a March 2019 cover story which chronicles the beginnings of the company with co-founder Arch "Beaver" Aplin.  

A second Alabama Buc-ee's is nearing completion in Leeds, off of I-20 exit 140, near The Outlet Shops of Grand River, just outside the Birmingham metro area.   In addition, there are Buc-ee's under construction in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, Florida, and a third still in the planning stage in Fort Myers.  

Buc-ee's has also confirmed plans for a new site off I-40 in Crossville, Tennessee, between Knoxville and Nashville.  The Crossville site could be the first to open in Tennessee and is slated to open in 2023, according to company officials.  

Recently, plans were also uncovered for what could be the first Buc-ee's in North Carolina.  Planned for Efland, a town of about 700, about forty miles northwest of Raleigh, the new 120+ pump Buc-ee's would be part of a 500,000 square foot mixed-use development.  South Carolina is also slated to get a Buc-ee's with the company planning a new location in Anderson, outside Greenville.  

Several other stores are said to be at various stages of development.  

Have you ever been to a Buc-ee's?  Do you plan to visit the new Buc-ee's in Warner Robins?  Where would you like to see Buc-ee's open next?

Please share your thoughts below. 


Randy Curles said...

Yes, I am very much looking forward to stoping on my next trip to South Georgia. I have had the pleasure of stoping at the one on I-20 east of Dallas...it is hard to describe without pictures and smells, which are impressive and pleasant. The restrooms are enormous and very, very clean.

Anonymous said...

Can one get a tank of electricity at one of these epic stores?

Unknown said...

I have been to Buc-ee's near Foley. Alabama. Greatly impressed! We would love one in South Carolina.

Anonymous said...

Yes hard to describe the smells of poop in the large restrooms, and farts from all the middle aged old white men.

flourface said...

ya, restrooms

Ken Thompson said...

We are very excited to have Buc-ee's coming to our great city of Warner Robins Georgia. It's has been a pleasure working with Buc-ee's contractor's. Job well done to each .
Thank you so much
Ken Thompson
Assistant Building Official
City of Warner Robins Georgia

DDaddy said...

Florence SC still being planned? What's the date on it?

Anonymous said...

Wow! this Bu-cees place must be something else for folks posting positive reviews about it. My nearest one would be the upcoming one being built in Locust Grove, Georgia. When it comes,I will check it out.

Unknown said...

I live outside of Nashville. Would die to see you head this way. What a fantastic company. I have visited your establishment in waco texas. I'm hooked.great shopping great food made to order groceries for the road and nice coolers to pack all your goodies in. The new location is only 3 hours away I can't wait.

Tres said...

Well, this should be open by the next time I head down to Orlando, so I will definitely stop by and check it out.

Unknown said...

We visited several Buc-ee's when we lived in Texas, so we are very familiar with your great rest stops. Good coffee, great food, and excellent shopping.We always enjoyed our stops all over Texas. We now live in Warner Robins and watched with great anticipation as the Buc-ee's was being built. Now that it is done we have visited a couple of times and enjoyed it just as much as our Texas visits. We travel quite a bit so we are looking forward to seeing all the new Buc-ee's in the newest locations. Keep up the great work and continue adding new locations.

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