Daytona Buc-ee’s mega convenience store to start construction by summer

‘Texas-sized’ 120-pump gas station and convenience store would be largest in Florida

DAYTONA BEACH — A planned Texas-sized gas station/convenience store here is a big step closer to becoming a reality.

The Daytona Beach City Commission last week unanimously approved a rezone request to allow the Texas-based Buc-ee’s chain to build a 120-gas pump station and 53,254-square-foot travel convenience center next to the Interstate 95-LPGA Boulevard interchange.

It would be the largest gas station/convenience store in the state, dwarfing the 38-pump, 20,000-square-foot Busy Bee truck stop in Live Oak, off of Interstate 10.

The 35-acre site of the planned Daytona Beach Buc-ee’s is on the northeast quadrant of the interchange. It was previously zoned for single-family residential and industrial use.

The site is immediately west of Stonewood Grill restaurant.

Site work could start as soon as May, with building construction starting this summer, according to Parker Mynchenberg, project engineer.

“Final site plan approval from the City is next step in approval process,” Mynchenberg wrote in an email. “State and federal permits are (already) issued.”

That’s keeps the project pretty much on the schedule expressed earlier this year by Buc-ee’s cofounder Arch “Beaver” Aplin.

Mynchenberg said in the email the store should be opening in about 18 months.

Jeff Nadalo, general counsel for Buc-ee’s Ltd., in an email this week, wrote, “We are working hard to move the project along.”

Cobb Cole attorney Rob Merrell, representing Buc-ee’s, told the City Commission at its March 7 meeting that the planned gas station/convenience store will be “Texas-sized” and could be the first for the chain to open in Florida.

Buc-ee’s also expects to open a location next year in St. Augustine, near the Interstate 95-International Golf Parkway interchange, and also has plans to build a store in Fort Myers.

The Daytona Beach location is expected to create 225 jobs, Merrell said.

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