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Buc-ee’s is the mega convenience store sensation sweeping the southland. Leeds, Alabama has a Buc-ee’s. Huntsville, Alabama is getting a Buc-ee’s. Even Auburn, Alabama is getting a Buc-ee’s! So what about a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Buc-ee’s? A Roll Tide Buc-ee’s! The perfect location would be the old McFarland Mall location.

Now some Buc-ee’s background info and what it would take to get a Buc-ee’s in Tuscaloosa.


Buc-ee's is a Texas-based chain of convenience stores known for its clean bathrooms, large selection of snacks and drinks, and iconic beaver mascot. With over 30 locations across Texas, Georgia, and Alabama, Buc-ee's is a favorite pit-stop for travelers and locals alike. However, getting a Buc-ee's location in your city or town is not an easy task. In this article, we will explore what it takes to get a Buc-ee's location.

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The first and foremost requirement for getting a Buc-ee's location is the right location. Buc-ee's is known for its large, highway-side stores that can accommodate a significant number of travelers. The company prefers locations with easy access to major highways, ample parking space, and high traffic. Additionally, the location should be in a growing area with a high population density to ensure a steady stream of customers.

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Buc-ee's typically requires a minimum of 15 acres of land to build its stores. The land should be flat and free of environmental hazards or issues. Additionally, the land should be zoned appropriately for commercial use, and the company prefers to own the land outright rather than lease it.


Buc-ee's stores are massive, and building them requires permits and approvals from several government agencies. The company has to comply with local zoning laws, environmental regulations, and building codes. Moreover, the company has to seek approvals from the state's transportation department, as its stores often require new highway exits or modifications to existing ones.

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Building a Buc-ee's location is expensive. The company spends an average of $22 million on each store, with some stores costing up to $60 million. Therefore, potential franchisees or partners must demonstrate financial stability and the ability to finance the construction of a new store. Additionally, Buc-ee's prefers to work with partners who have experience in the convenience store industry. | Jacob Harrison, Townsquare Media | Canva | Jacob Harrison, Townsquare Media | Canva

Buc-ee's is a well-established brand with a loyal customer base. Therefore, the company is very particular about its brand image and reputation. Potential partners or franchisees must align with the company's values, including its commitment to providing clean restrooms and friendly service. Additionally, the company prefers partners who share its commitment to giving back to the local community.

Buc-ee's does not offer franchise opportunities, but the company works with partners to open new locations. The company prefers to have a significant stake in the partnership, typically owning at least 50% of the new store. Additionally, the company retains complete control over the store's operations and marketing.


In conclusion, getting a Buc-ee's location requires more than just a good location and ample land. The company has stringent requirements for potential partners, and building a new store can be a lengthy and expensive process. However, for those who meet the company's requirements, partnering with Buc-ee's can be a lucrative opportunity to be part of a beloved brand and provide a valuable service to travelers and locals alike.

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