Put to work

he Royse City Buc-ee’s staff put their training to work Friday afternoon as the mega-convenience store held a soft opening Friday for Hunt and Rockwall County first responders and city officials and staff. Buc-ee’s officially opens to the public at 6 a.m. Monday.

ROYSE CITY — Buc-ee’s is opening its newest location on Interstate 30 at 6 a.m. Monday.

“We’re excited about Buc-ee’s,” Royse City Community Development Corp. President Larry Lott told the Herald-Banner in early February. “We think it will bring a lot to the community, not just in sales tax but the stuff that will come around it.”

The roadside refuge for travelers is bringing to Hunt County all that Buc-ee’s is known for: Texas Round Up barbeque, beef jerky, homemade fudge and those famous Beaver Nuggets, all after more than two years in the planning and building process.

“It’s been quite a long time,” Lott said. “It actually took us 18 months to convince Buc-ee’s to come to Royse City. Of course, now it has taken a little bit more than a year to build the facility, and again, a part of that has been due to the overpass.”

Buc-ee’s, known for being clean, friendly and always in stock, is bringing its newest location to 5005 E. Interstate 30 in Royse City. Lott indicated that the Texas-based convenience store could be an “anchor” store that attracts other businesses to the area.

“We believe Buc-ee’s will bring a lot of people from off the interstate, and the beauty of Buc-ee’s is, they also bought 43 acres of that property and they’re only going to build on 18 acres,” he said. “They’re going to have 25 additional acres that they’re going to turn into pad sites that will allow us the opportunity to bring other businesses around, just like Walmart. There will be a lot of people stopping by Buc-ee’s, so a lot of businesses will want to be close to it.”

Founded in 1982, Buc-ee’s has 37 convenience stores and travel centers in Texas and Alabama. In addition to serving as an anchor store, the Royse City CDC anticipates that the store could bring in millions of dollars in sales in the first year.

“We think that Buc-ee’s will generate somewhere around $18 million in sales, not in taxes but in sales, for year one. It could be more or it could be less a lot of things depend on that, but that’s what we’re looking at - $18 million for year one.”

The company also operates the largest convenience store in the world, located in New Braunfels, Texas. Buc-ee’s is based in Lake Jackson, also home to the company’s first convenience store, which is still in operation.

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Christian Aleman is a reporter at the Herald-Banner and a senior journalism student at A&M-Commerce. He is co-editor of the award-winning student newspaper and has spent summers working at several major news organizations. Christian graduates in May 2019.