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How to Buc-ee’s: Part 1

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given $100.” Wisdom from the internet.

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Well, if you have ever visited a Buc-ee’s in your lifetime, this statement could not be more true. If you have ever visited a Buc-ee’s during Spring Break, try tens of thousands of 9-year-olds.

The Local Pulse team recently put on brave faces, piled into the car and went on a mini roadtrip to conduct our own ‘research’ at the Buc-ee’s in Robertsdale, Alabama (the closest Buc-ee’s to Pensacola in case you’re wondering).

From shopping sprees and gift guides to beef jerky, beaver nuggets and brisket sandwiches, we will be bringing you the DL on the Beaver Palace all summer long. But, before we get started, let’s look at some of the statistics that has put Buc-ee’s at the top of every road tripper’s bucket list. Whether you’re a regular or have never stepped foot inside, here are 13 things you need to know about Buc-ee’s.

1) The founder’s childhood nickname was “Beaver.” 

A Texas native, founder Arch “Beaver” Aplin opened his first store in 1982. The name “Buc-ee’s” was formed by combining his childhood nickname, Beaver, and the name of his Labrador Retriever, Buck.

2) It holds the record for “world’s largest convenience store.”

Buc-ee’s location in Sevierville, Tennessee, is currently the largest convenience store in the world at 74,707 square feet. BUT, an even bigger location is set to open in 2025 in Central Florida. The proposed location in Ocala is set to feature an 80,000-square-foot travel center, move over Tennessee!

3) Buc-ee’s never closes. Seriously. 

Every store is open 24 hours, 365 days a year.

4) It holds the record for “World’s Longest Car Wash”

Find a 255-foot-long carwash at the Buc-ee’s location in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston. It was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2017 and takes about 5 minutes to get through.

5) Each Buc-ee’s averages around 100 gas pumps

Even so, you can have a hard time finding a spot if you’re there during busy hours (AKA Spring Break).

6) Buc-ee’s was originally known for clean bathrooms and cheap ice

It unofficially remains known as the convenience store with the ‘Shangri-La’ of bathrooms with the largest and cleanest bathrooms, making it a road trip favorite. They even have billboards strictly promoting their pristine potties. Bags of ice also remain some of the cheapest, costing around one dollar for a small bag and two dollars for a large bag.

7) The BBQ and Fudge is made in-house daily

You can watch Texas brisket getting sliced fresh by Buc-ee’s barbecue employees all day long to make the beloved chopped brisket sandwiches and breakfast tacos. Whenever a new brisket is brought out to the BBQ counter, known as the Texas Round Up, the team even yells out in a chant: “Fresh, hot brisket on board!” Aside from fresh BBQ, their vintage-feeling fudge counter has every flavor from pecan to birthday cake.

8) Coke and Pepsi lovers unite — Buc-ee’s carries both

While most gas stations are only lucky enough to carry one or the other, these two soda rivals coexist together on the massive line of pour-it-yourself fountain drinks.

9) No 18-wheelers allowed

Regardless of their enormous size and plethora of amenities, Buc-ee’s is not and never has been a “truck stop”. It’s for average motorists and does not have gas pumps for big rigs.

10) Beaver nuggets and beef jerky are among the most popular snacks

One of the most popular treats in stock is the Beaver Nuggets. Forgetting to purchase a bag of these would be a major oversight. These caramel, sugar, and butter-coated corn puffs on shelves all over each store and come in a variety of flavors. Speaking of variety of flavors, Buc-ee’s has an entire counter and wall dedicated to their in-house made beef jerky. Bohemian Garlic is the crowd favorite, but other flavors include Sweet & Spicy, Hot & Spicy, Korean BBQ, Ghost Pepper, Cherry Maple, Jalapeño Honey, Lemon Peppered, Peppered, Mesquite Peppered, Steakhouse and Terriaki.

11) But wait, there’s more. A lot more than food, gas and drinks.

Half of each store is dedicated to items that you won’t find at the usual convenience store. Shop Buc-ee the Beaver souvenirs, cook books, coolers, clothing, home décor, fishing gear (including bait), pool floats, swim suits, dog treats, dog toys, and literally everything under the sun. You can even purchase buckets of bacon grease!

12) Buc-ee’s economic impact

Buc-ee’s is privately held. There are no investors or board of directors. Buc-ee’s estimated revenue in 2022 was $2.5 billion, with a net income of $200 million. The company’s revenue has been growing at a rate of about 20% per year in recent years. Each Buc-ee’s employs anywhere from 200-350 employees with an average salary of $35,000 with managers and assistant managers making between $100,000 and $150,000 a year.

13) There is a correct way to pronounce it

Believe it or not, there is a correct pronunciation and it’s NOT    BYEW-SEES (not saying any names, but someone on our team actually pronounced it this way). The correct way to pronounce it is BUCK-EEZ. Here’s a video if you need the audio.

Because of its’ grandness and endless rows of delights, there is absolutely no way we could tackle this behemoth in one single post or single-handedly. So, we will be bringing you the best of Buc-ee’s and showing you how to Buc-ee’s all vacation season long. Stay tuned, stay hungry and buckle your seatbelts for Buc-ee’s.