Will another Buc-ee’s open in Florida? New proposed location in Marion County

Buc-ee fans in Florida might just have a new location in the state to pick up a bag of Beaver nuggets.

The Texas-based company has submitted an application to build one of its popular gas stations and convenience stores in Ocala, Florida, east of Interstate 75 near W. Hwy 326.

Texas convenience store Buc-ee's is expanding throughout the southeastern United States

TERRELL, TEXAS – JULY 13: A Buc-ee convenience store sign is seen in Terrell, Texas on Saturday July 13, 2019. The Texas company with a cult following is expanding throughout Southeast Texas the United States. (Photo by Allison V. Smith for T

According to the proposal, the developers would like to build an 80,000-square-foot store with three fuel centers, 120 total pumps, a parking lot and loading area, and one of Buc-ee’s signature 120-foot signs. on 32 acres of land. .

If approved, it would mark the location of the third Buc-ee in Florida. Buc-ee’s has locations in Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.

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Pictured: Renderings of a possible Buc-ee location in Ocala, Florida.

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners was set to vote on a zoning change as part of the development process on Tuesday. However, FOX 35 was told that the vote had been postponed until February 21, 2023, so additional traffic analysis could be performed.

In their proposal, county staff have recommended that the Board approve the zoning change request.

Buc-ee’s first Florida store and gas station opened in 2021 in Daytona Beach, followed by a second in St. Augustine.

According to Buc-ee’s, 5.4 million people visited the Daytona Beach location during 2022 and spent an average of 30 minutes inside the store. Weekends were understandably busier than weekdays, according to Buc-ee’s data.

However, the economic impact that the Buc-ee’s brand could bring to the area was not immediately known.

The brand was established in 1982 in Texas and has since opened locations in other states, including Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee, and amassed a cult following. It’s known for its huge stores and gas stations, clean restrooms, and pepitas de castador y cecina (caramel popcorn), brisket sandwiches, and designer clothes.

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