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.
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
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:
- We got an INSIDE look at the new Buc-EEs in Leeds. Check out the PHOTO
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