There are your normal run-in-the-mill gas stations, and then there are gigantic Buc-ee’s gas stations. First appearing in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1982, the massive convenience store is known for their famously clean restrooms, incredible food selection, custom merchandise, and being a staple all across Texas. With more than 30 locations already thriving, the store decided to move across state lines and opened its first location outside the state of Texas in Robertsdale, Alabama on January 21, 2019.
Off of Interstate 10 near Mobile, the massive travel center boasts 124 fuel pumps, more than 50,000 square feet of space, and “the biggest, most pristine bathrooms the state of Alabama has ever seen,” according to a press release. One thing the first patrons to step inside the famously-Texan destination noticed, though, was that the sports memorabilia sold inside seemed a little less Texas Longhorn burnt orange than usual.
As many new customers flocked to Alabama’s first-ever Buc-ee’s location in Baldwin County, one thing seemed abundantly clear: The store was out to steal the hearts and minds of everyone in Alabama. Photos of the store’s opening revealed that both the Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers fan bases were being catered to inside the South Alabama location. Everything from this Alabama welcome mat to Auburn Tigers beer koozies are for sale inside the store alongside Buc-ee’s famous merchandise.
Everything from team basketballs to home decorations highlight the displays that have already won over Alabama’s die-hard football fanatics. Unfortunately for Auburn fans, Buc-ee’s iconic red hats only pair perfectly on game day with Alabama’s crimson and white.
Buc-ee’s is less of a pit-stop gas station and more of a cultural phenomenon in the Lone Star State. Not only are they known for their insane amount of fueling stations and can’t-miss beaver logo, but one location in Katy, Texas is home to the world’s longest car wash at an incredible 85 feet long.
The store’s mascot, Bucky the Beaver, is the face of legendary products like Buc-ee’s Pickled Quail Eggs, Peanut Brittle, Beef Jerky in a variety of flavors, homemade fudge, and of course, the sugar, caramel and butter-coated corn puffs known only as Beaver Nuggets.
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A second location in Alabama is under construction near Interstate 65, but that’s not the only outside expansion Buc-ee’s and owners Arch “Beaver” Aplin and Don Wasek are planning. Locations in Daytona Beach, Fort Myers and St. Augustine all have plans to open across Florida in the next year, which can only beg one more question.