New Braunfels’ famed Buc-ee’s, once considered the greatest travel hub of all time, lose his title when a new Buc-ee’s opens in Tennessee and becomes the world’s largest convenience store.
It seems that not everything is bigger in Texas.
For nearly all of its 40-year history, Buc-ee’s extraordinarily large gas stations and convenience stores have been located only in Texas. In 2019, the first Buc-ee opened outside of Lone Star State, Alabama. The company now has six travel centers outside of its home country, with more on the way.
The Buc-ee’s in Sevierville, Tenn., – positioned to be “the first leg of everyone’s Smoky Mountain adventurethe CEO told a Tennessee TV station — will be the company’s first “Big Store” prototype. It has 120 fuel pumps, a 250-foot car wash, and 74,000 square feet of indoor stores.
It’s the size of five Trader Joe’s.
Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels has the same number of gas pumps but has a slightly smaller shopping area than the Tennessee giant, at 68,000 square feet.
The city released a tearful video on facebook and TikTok lamenting the news, to Taylor Swift’s words “please don’t be in love with anyone else.”
The New Braunfels Buc-ee’s will remain the largest travel hub for now, until the Tennessee boutique opens at an unknown date in 2022. It will be a “big deal” for Tennessee, says thesmokies.com.
Buc-ee’s operates six travel centers around Dallas-Fort Worth and 35 in the state of Texas. Despite all that’s going on in the east, they’re all still pretty big.