Business Buzz: Buc-ee’s

Okay, beaver fans — Buc-ee’s in Melissa will open April 29.

Did we just hear a massive “yay”?

The new store — the company’s 36th— will be 50,000+ square feet of clean restrooms, candy, barbecue and all things beaver. And it’s all just a couple of miles north of Trinity Falls.

Buc-ee’s began in 1982 as a modestly sized convenience store in Lake Jackson just south of Houston. Things got a little more Texas-sized in 2006 when owners Arch “Beaver” Alpin III and Don Wasek built a 48-pump travel center in Luling in 2001.

The Melissa Buc-ee’s broke ground in 2018, and we’ve been eagerly watching its progress. It’s the fourth D-FW travel center — until now, you had to go to Terrell, Fort Worth or Denton to satisfy your Beaver Nugget craving.

The local store will have nearly 100 gas pumps and — good news for owners of diesel trucks — will have a dispenser for DEF. It will also sell 92 octane ethanol-free gasoline. The Melissa Buc-ee’s is adding about 200 jobs to the local economy, and employees will be working hard to maintain the brand’s reputation for clean stores and good food.

This newest Buc-ee’s isn’t the company’s largest — that honor goes to the 68,000-square-foot New Braunfels store with has 120 fueling stations, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers and 80 fountain dispensers.

But we don’t mind if the Melissa store isn’t quite the biggest — there will be plenty to explore in 50,000 square feet. And — best of all — it’s just up the road.

Join us May 4 for the kick-off party to the Here We Grow Again Home Tour for your chance to win a $100 Buc-ee’s gift card. Register here.