Will another Buc-ee's open in Florida? New location proposed in Marion County
OCALA, Fla. - Buc-ee's fans in Florida could have a new location in the state to grab a bag of Beaver nuggets.
The Texas-based company has filed an application to build one of its popular gas station and convenience stores in Ocala, Florida, east of Interstate 75 near W. Hwy 326.
TERRELL, TEXAS - JULY 13: A sign for a Buc-ee's convenience store stands in Terrell, Texas, Saturday, July 13, 2019. The Texas company with a cult-like following is expanding throughout the southeastern United States. (Photo by Allison V. Smith for T
According to the proposal, developers would like to build an 80,000-square-foot store with three fuel centers totally 120 pumps, a parking lot and loading area, and one of its signature 120-foot Buc-ee's signs on 32-acres of land.
If approved, it would mark the third Buc-ee's location in Florida. Buc-ee's has locations in Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.
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Pictured: Renderings of a potential Buc-ee's 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 the vote had been pushed to Feb. 21, 2023, so additional traffic analysis could be done.
In its proposal, county staff has recommended that the Board approve the zoning change request.
Right now there are two locations in Florida – Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.
According to the Buc-ee's, 5.4 million people visited the Daytona Beach location throughout 2022 and spent on average 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 may 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 has amassed a cult-like following. It is known for its massive stores and fuel stations, clean restrooms, and jerky and Beaver nuggets (caramel popcorn), brisket sandwiches, and branded clothing.