Buc-ee's

Buc-ee's is a chain of convenience stores located in the Central, North, South, and Southeast regions of Texas [1] The company is owned by Arch "Beaver" Aplin III and Don Wasek and has its headquarters in Lake Jackson, Texas.[2] The chain is known for its very large-format stores (relative to other convenience stores) and a logo depicting a beaver.

Buc-ee's
Private
IndustryRetail (Convenience store)
Founded1982
FounderArch "Beaver" Aplin III and Don Wasek
HeadquartersLake Jackson, Texas, U.S.
Number of locations
40
ProductsFuel, coffee, beverages, beef jerky, snacks, car wash, prepared foods, clothing, home decor, outdoor items, specialty gifts
Websitewww.buc-ees.com

History

Co-Founders "Beaver" Aplin and Don Wasek opened the first store, which is still open as of 2017, in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1982. 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.[3][4]

Buc-ee's expanded and opened their first travel center in Luling, Texas in 2001. Buc-ee's are large stores (no 18 wheelers allowed) with fuel pumps that range from 80-120 fueling positions for gas and diesel (some stores include Ethanol Free and DEF) and a huge selection of beef jerky, pastries, fresh sandwiches, tacos, Dippin' Dots and homemade fudge.

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.[5] The store features 120 fueling positions, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers, 4 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.[6]

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 (no 18 wheelers allowed).

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[7], but it is not known whether Buc-ee's went through with having the Pearland office space, or not.

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.[8] The third DFW location opened in Denton, Texas on October 29th, 2018

On March 8, 2016, Buc-ee's announced a possible first location outside of the state of Texas would be located in Baton Rouge, LA.[9] 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.[10][11]

On April 12, 2017, Buc-ee's announced that it will open their first convenience store/gas station outside of Texas in Daytona Beach, Florida. It will be 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). At 50,000 square feet with 120 fueling positions the Daytona Beach travel center will be the largest in Florida and the largest outside of Texas.[12] Construction is slated to start summer 2018.[13]

In January 2018, Buc-ee's broke ground on a second out of Texas location in Baldwin County Alabama, [14] At 50,000 square feet with 120 gas pumps, it will be the second Buc-ee's to be built outside of Texas and the first in Alabama. A few weeks after the Baldwin County location began construction, Buc-ee's announced that a second Southern Alabama location will be built in Mobile. [15]

Buc-ee's broke ground on another North-Texas location in Melissa, Texas on Monday, February 5, 2018. The store is located off New Davis Road and U.S. Highway 75. The store is expected to open in February 2019.[16]

In June 2018, Buc-ee's approached landowners in Texarkana, Texas with interest in acreage off Interstate 30 and State Line Ave., for a future store site. The company has the option to buy the property, but as of yet, has not exercised that option.[17][18]

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Buc-ee's in Terrell, Texas

Products

Buc-ee's offers products found at most convenience stores such as fuel, cigarettes, tobacco, chips, drinks, and soft drinks at their smaller neighborhood stores. Travel centers include a deli, coffee shop, exterior tunnel car washes, Texas-themed specialty gifts and food, and products catering to hunters and river rafters. All Buc-ee's are open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Buc-ee's offers private labeled beef jerky, novelty candy, trail mixes, granola, pralines, jarred vegetables, preserves, and salsa. Their #1 branded product is caramel and butter-glazed corn puffs known as 'Beaver Nuggets.'

Lawsuits

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 out of Texas, for alleged trademark and trade dress infringement.

In 2014, Buc-ee's filed a lawsuit against Texas based convenience store chain "Frio Beaver.[19] 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.

In 2016, Buc-ee's sued "Choke Canyon BBQ", another Texas convenience store, for copyright infringement and trade dressing.[20] 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", and practically duplicating the look of the inside of a Buc-ee's store. [21]

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".[22] 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.[23] The case was settled out of court.[19]

Buc-ee's also lost a Texas Employee Rentention Agreement Case on an appeal in 2017. A year after a trial court ordered a former employee pay Buc-ee's close to $100,000 in damages and attorney's fees for breaching an "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.[24]

Advertising

Buc-ee's is known for posting billboards by Texas (and beginning in 2018, Florida and Alabama) interstate highways with simple and humorous slogans.[25]

  • "A Bigger Kolache I Never Sausage a Thing"
  • "Buy a gift, leave a gift."
  • "Clean Restrooms, We Guaranpee It"
  • "Don't pass our gas!"
  • "Don't stay thirsty my friends."
  • "Don't worry, P happy"
  • "Eat Here. Get Gas."
  • "Epic Flush"
  • "Ice, Beer, Jerky: The 3 Food Groups"
  • "Ice made from scratch, 99 cents"
  • "If It Harms Beavers, We're Against It!"
  • "It's A Beaver!"
  • "My overbite is sexy."
  • "No dancing the two-step in our restroom"
  • "Restrooms So Clean, We Leave Mints on the Urinals"
  • "Restrooms You Gotta Pee to Believe"
  • "The Eyes of Buc-ee's Are Upon You"
  • "The Top Two Reasons to Stop at Buc-ee's: #1 and #2"
  • "Worth the Wait"
  • "Your Throne Awaits"
  • “#bathroomgoals”

Locations

The following are stores owned and operated by Buc-ee's[26]; listings in italics are store locations in development or not yet open.

City / Town / Area Address Number
of fuel
pumps
Notes 
Alabama Baldwin Co. I-10 at Baldwin Beach Exp. 120 due to open in Summer 2019[27][28]
Mobile 3474 Springhill Ave. (W. of I-65) unknown no known opening date[29]
Florida Daytona Beach I-95 at LPGA Blvd. 120 due to open in 2019[30][31]
Fort Myers I-75 at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (SH 82) 80 due to open in 2019[32][33]
St. Augustine I-95 at International Golf Pkwy. 104 due to open in 2019[34][35]
Texas Alvin SH 35 Bypass at FM 517 12
Angleton SH 288 at SH 35 20
Loop 274 at Wilkins St. 16
SH 35 at Hospital Dr. 10
Bastrop SH 71 at SH 21 52
Baytown I-10 at John Martin Rd. 96
Boerne I-10 at Business US 87 ~90 possibly due to open in 2019[36][37]
Brazoria SH 36 at Pleasant St. 8
SH 36 at Lazy Ln. 6
Cypress US 290 at Mueschke Rd. 24 has car wash
Denton I-35E, south of S. Loop 288 96 opened October 29th 2018[38][39]
Eagle Lake Alt US 90 at FM 102 10
El Campo SH 71 at FM 2765 24
Ennis I-45 at Creechville Rd. 86 due to open in May-June 2019[40][41]
Fort Worth I-35W at SH 114 96
Freeport SH 288 at FM 523 12
SH 332 at FM 523 8
Giddings US 290 at County Road 133 20
Gonzales US 183 at Alt US 90 10
Katy I-10 at Cane Island Pkwy. 120+[42] has car wash; longest in the world (225 feet)[43][44][45]
Lake Jackson Oyster Creek Dr. at Old Angleton Rd. 8 first Buc-ee's location
FM 2004 at Old Angleton Rd. 12
SH 288-SH 332 at Plantation Dr. 32 has car wash
League City SH 96 at Louisiana Ave. 24
Luling I-10 at US 183 48
Madisonville I-45 at US 190-SH 21 32 has Shell gas (instead of self-branded)
Melissa US 75 at Davis Rd. unknown due to open in February 2019[46][47]
New Braunfels I-35 at FM 306 120 67,000 sq ft (6,200 m2) store, 83 restroom stalls,
31 checkstands, 1000 parking spaces[48][49]
Pearland SH 35 at Walnut St. 12
SH 288 at Shadow Creek Pkwy. 28
Port Lavaca US 87 at SH 35 20
Richmond Crabb River Rd. at Sansbury Blvd. 24 has car wash
Royse City I-30 at FM 2642 50-75 due to open in 2020[50][51]
Temple I-35 at N. Loop 363 84
Terrell I-20 at FM 148 84 first Buc-ee's built in north Texas[52]
Texas City I-45 at Holland Rd. 60
Waller US 290 at FM 362 52
Waxahachie I-35E at Butcher Rd. unknown no known opening date[53][54]
Wharton US 59 at FM 102 32

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