Buc-ee's Makes More Moves in the Southeast

Mike Troy
Editorial Director
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Buc-ee's eastward expansion continues with the Nov. 19, groundbreaking of the travel center operator's first location in South Carolina.

Travel center retailer Buc-ee’s eastern expansion continues with the opening of the company’s first location in Georgia on Nov. 18, followed the next day by a groundbreaking ceremony on its first location in South Carolina.

Buc-ee’s is a Texas institution known for its large stores, prepared foods, quirky product assortment, numerous fuel pumps and beaver mascot, but in recent years it has begun laying the foundation for a major expansion push into the Southeast.

In January 2019 the company’s first location outside of Texas opened near Mobile, Alabama. A store opening in Warner Robbins, Georgia on Nov. 18, will be the company’s second location outside of Texas and 39th location overall. A second Alabama location is slated to open near Birmingham in January 2021 followed by the company’s entry into Florida in early 2021 with its first location in Daytona followed by a second location in St. Augustine. The location in Florence, South Carolina is expected to open in early 2022.

"Florence is the perfect place for the first Buc-ee's travel center in South Carolina," said Stan Beard, Buc-ee's director of real estate. "A beautiful city that also happens to be located along the East Coast's main interstate, Florence has become a destination itself. We are excited for travelers, visitors and locals alike to be able to depend on Buc-ee's."

The company also has projects under development in Fort Myers, Florida, Mebane, North Carolina and Calhoun, Georgia northwest of Atlanta.

Founded in 1982, Buc-ee's is a different type of travel center in that its primary appeal is to families as opposed to truckers. The company promotes its pristine bathrooms, low gas prices, friendly service, Buc-ee's apparel and fresh food.