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Buc-ee's is more than just a gas station.
The world's most perfect gas station is coming to Missouri.
For those who have never been to Texas (or any of the other states where there are Buc-ee's), Buc-ee's is something of an institution. Known for its clean bathrooms, beaver mascot, and excellent snacks, people often make Buc-ee's a roadtrip stop.
Now, the gas station, which calls itself a travel center because it is so much more than a gas station, is building its first Missouri location and for some it might become a roadtrip destination.
The travel center, will be located on 3284 N. Mulroy Road in Springfield, Missouri. It will be 53,000 square feet with 120 fueling positions. But the gas is just gas. The real treat is inside the convenience store, which will have its famous snacks including Texas barbecue, homemade fudge, kolaches, Beaver nuggets (corn puffs), jerky and fresh pastries.
The new Buc-ee's will break ground on Tuesday, August 23, and Springfield knows what a big deal this is. Mayor Ken McClure and Springfield councilman Abe McGull plan to attend.
Buc-ee's was founded in Texas in 1982 and has opened travel centers in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. The friendly beaver is breaking ground on a store in Colorado as well.
The Springfield Buc-ee's promises to bring 200 full-time jobs with pay starting above minimum wage and a 6 percent match in a 401k plan. (We told you it was special.)
"We are delighted to be part of this community and excited to make Springfield our first stop in Missouri," says Stan Beard, director of real estate for Buc-ee's. Hopefully, he's dropping hints about a Buc-ee's coming even closer to the St. Louis metro area, but till then we'll take what we can get.