KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Weeks after announcing the first Buc-ee’s location in Tennessee, company officials report that the new travel center will be the world’s largest c-store, according to WATE.com.
This week, Kituwah LLC and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians shared the first details for the development at Exit 407 in Sevierville, Tenn., near Knoxville. The 74,000-square-foot flagship Buc-ee’s Family Travel Center, complete with 120 fueling positions, EV charging stations and a car wash over 250 feet long, will anchor the 200-acre development. The new location will surpass the Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels, Texas, the current “world’s largest” title holder at 66,335 square feet.
The developers said Buc-ee’s may share the 200-acre commercial development, dubbed The 407: Gateway to Adventure, with a golf attraction, a go-cart facility and a distillery, although plans have not been formalized.
Based in Lake Jackson, Texas, Buc-ee’s is known for its pristine bathrooms with fulltime attendants, hot barbecue, friendly service and a large selection of general merchandise. With 38 stores in Texas, Buc-ee’s continues its expansion throughout the Southeast with newly opened outlets in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The company also is constructing stores in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“It is not a coincidence that we chose The 407 as our first big store location outside of Texas,” said Stan Beard, director of real estate, Buc-ee’s. “We will be the proverbial ‘welcome sign’ at the front door of the exceptional travel experience that the Smoky Mountains, Sevierville and Sevier County has to offer. You won’t forget your first visit to Buc-ee’s, and it won’t be your last. We are thrilled to share our over-the-top customer experience and be a pivotal part of the Kituwah and EBCI vision for the Gateway to Adventure.”
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