Site work underway for Daytona’s super-sized Buc-ee’s

Three months after its ground-breaking, site work has finally begun in earnest for the Buc-ee’s super-sized gas station/convenience store in Daytona Beach. When it opens in mid-2021, it will be the biggest gas station in Florida, able to have as many as 120 vehicles gas up at the same time.

DAYTONA BEACH — Three months after its ground-breaking ceremony with Gov. Ron DeSantis, site work finally began in earnest Monday on the highly anticipated Buc-ee’s mega gas station/convenience store here.

When it opens in mid-2021, the gas station on the northeast side of the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange will be the biggest in Florida, with enough fuel pumps to allow 120 cars to gas up at the same time.

And its 53,000-square-foot “travel convenience center” will be bigger than most supermarkets, offering a vast array of snacks, sandwiches and hot prepared foods and convenience items.

“We’re in full swing,” said Jeff Nadalo, general counsel for the Lake Jackson, Texas-based Buc-ee’s chain, in a phone interview.

The Daytona Beach Buc-ee’s will employ 200 people.

In an interview last year, Buc-ee’s co-founder Arch “Beaver” Aplin told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that his chain’s locations are intended to cater to the “traveling automobile public” and are not to be confused with truck stops.

The only 18-wheelers allowed at Buc-ee’s locations are those delivering supplies or fuel.

Buc-ee’s considers its locations to be destination draws where motorists will go out of their way to visit. It even has billboards along interstates with messages such as “Only 262 miles to Buc-ee’s. You can hold it.”

The chain touts the cleanliness of its large restrooms, which are constantly maintained and stocked by full-time attendants.

The chain’s stores also carry a wide array of snacks, including its own line of jerky and “Beaver Nuggets” (caramel-coated corn puffs), travel convenience items, fresh made barbecue, sandwiches, pastries, fudge, and “unique apparel,” gifts and handmade craft items.

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