Ever since our inception in 1982, we have been committed to providing a clean, friendly, and in stock experience for our customers. Regardless of where you may find us, if the store is big or small, near or far, the mission remains the same. If you’ve been to Buc-ee’s, you may already know that this friendly neighbor along the highways has the cleanest restrooms in America. In 2012, Cintas ran a nationwide restroom contest and made it official! Buc-ee’s is a chain of country stores and gas stations with locations in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. Additional locations are currently under development in Colorado, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. Plans for an additional location in North Carolina were shelved in early 2021. The company is owned by Arch “Beaver” Aplin III and Don Wasek, and has its headquarters in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Founder Arch “Beaver” Aplin opened his first store as partners in Clute, 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. Aplin was born in Southeast Texas, with his father originating from, and grandparents residing in, Harrisonburg, Louisiana. Buc-ee’s expanded and opened its first travel center in Luling, Texas, in 2001. Buc-ee’s are large stores with fuel pumps that range from 80 to 120 fueling positions for gas and diesel and a large selection of jerky, pastries, fresh sandwiches, tacos, Dippin’ Dots, fudge and other items. 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 (6,300 m2). The store features 120 fueling positions, 1,000 parking spots, 64 ice freezers, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers, four 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. Don’t forget to check out this place in Royse City too.
After significant expansion in the Greater Houston area and Central Texas, 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. 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. 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. The third DFW location opened in Denton, Texas, on October 29, 2018. Buc-ee’s broke ground on another North Texas location in Melissa, Texas, on February 5, 2018. The store is located off New Davis Road and U.S. Highway 75. The store opened April 29, 2019. If you are ever in need of excavation, click here.