Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Buc-ee’s Eyes New Kent County for First Virginia Location

A Buc-ee’s location in Terrell, Texas. (Photo by Jameywiki, CC BY-SA 4.0)

NEW KENT COUNTY — Buc-ee’s, a Texas-based national chain of travel centers, has plans to expand operations to New Kent County according to a Facebook post by New Kent County Virginia Economic Development.

According to the post, a 74,000-square-foot store is planned at the exit 211 interchange along Interstate 64. It will feature 120 fueling positions, 557 parking spaces, 24 Tesla charging spaces and 10 bus/RV parking spaces, with an anticipated opening date in 2027. It would be the chain’s first store in Virginia.

A conditional use permit has been submitted to the county’s Planning and Zoning Department, the post said, solely limited to the review and approval of a proposed sign plan. The company is working closely with VDOT and county planning staff to evaluate the transportation improvements that may be necessary.

“Buc-ee’s Travel Center is a family-focused travel center featuring a wide range of freshly prepared foods including home-crafted barbecue, custom-made sandwiches, fresh salads and fruits, baked goods, and sweets as well as a unique collection of gifts, housewares, clothing, and weekend get-away gear,” the company is quoted in the post.

Buc-ee’s stores are open 24/7, boast the cleanest restrooms in America and the “friendliest staff to be found anywhere; much less on I-64.” It stressed it isn’t a truck stop, and 18-wheelers are not allowed on the property.

“Buc-ee’s is a one-of-a-kind destination,” it added. “Buc-ee’s will employ (full time with benefits) over 175 residents earning an average minimum wage of $16-18 per hour.”

The submission of an application indicates a major step forward in bringing a new business to the county, according to New Kent County Virginia Economic Development.

All documentation regarding the conditional use permit application can be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Department, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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