3rd Alabama Buc-ee’s in the works for North Alabama

Buc-ee’s in Leeds, Alabama. Photo via Pat Byington for The Bama Buzz

Earlier this month, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the city of Athens, Alabama is receiving a $750,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to provide infrastructure for a Buc-ee’s Travel Center off I-65. This will be the 3rd Buc-ee’s in Alabama. The popular “Texas-sized” convenience store, expects to bring 170 jobs to Limestone County.  

Details Please!

Buc-Ee'S Leeds
Buc-ee’s plush animals at Leeds. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Here is the 4-1-1 from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs news release about the new Buc-ee’s.

Where: I-65 at the Browns Ferry Road exit. The Buc-ee’s location is 5.3 miles from the Mazda-Toyota Manufacturing USA plant that is expected to hire more than 4,000 workers once in full production.

How Big Is It? The Athens location will be built on a 25-acre site and include 120 gas pumps at the 53,000-square-foot complex.

That’s not a misprint 120 gas pumps. 

Here is what Gov. Ivey has to say about the new development.


“Because of their size, Buc-ee’s Travel Centers are as much a destination as they are a quick rest stop while traveling,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am certainly glad that Buc-ee’s has found Alabama to be a good fit with three locations soon to be open in the state, and we hope more to come because of their contributions to local economies.”

Boon for Local Communities

Buc-ee’s clothing at Leeds. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

If Leeds, Alabama is any indication, a new Buc-ee’s near the Huntsville metro area should be a boon for the local economy. Last week, Leeds Mayor David Miller told his community’s city council that the store has made an estimated $10 million in sales during its first month of operation, according to the Trussville Tribune.

What Does a Buc-ee’s Look Like

Since there are only about 40+ Buc-ee’s (most are in Texas), around the country, our sister publication Bham Now has featured the superstore in Leeds several times including a sneak peek, before it opened. 

Check it out: 


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