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Daytona Buc-ee’s is hiring, walls going up

The walls are going up for the highly anticipated Buc-ee’s gas station/travel convenience center next to the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange in Daytona Beach. The 120-fuel pump station is on track to open in the second quarter of 2021 and will be the largest in Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH — A billboard just north of the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange proclaims “Beavers at work.” Passing motorists can now see what the fuss is all about.

Workers with general contractor J. Raymond Construction have begun erecting the concrete tilt-up walls for a highly anticipated Buc-ee’s gas station and travel convenience center.

When it opens next spring, it will be the largest gas station in Florida with 120 fuel pumps and a 53,000-square-foot convenience store bigger than most supermarkets.

“We’re looking at a second quarter 2021 opening,” said Jeff Nadalo, general counsel for Buc-ee’s Ltd.

The chain has already begun advertising to fill several management positions for the Daytona Beach location.

Applications are now being accepted on its website for assistant general manager, merchandise/gift manager, food service manager and six other positions.

The annual pay for the assistant general manager position is advertised as being ”$57,000 and up” and includes healthcare benefits, 401(k), and three weeks time off per year.

“Candidates must be able to train in Texas/Alabama for at least six months prior to returning to the Florida location,” the Buc-ee’s jobs posting states. “Career opportunities abound for motivated, high energy and high customer service individuals.”

The general manager position will be filled by an existing Buc-ee’s employee who will transfer here from one of the chain’s other locations, he added.

The Daytona Beach location will employ a total of 200 workers. More than 80% will be full-time, said Nadalo. The majority of those jobs will be filled two to three months before the store opens.

“All employees get three weeks vacation, which is prorated if part time,” he said.

Wages for non-management positions at the Daytona Beach Buc-ee’s have yet to be determined, said Nadalo. “All employees are eligible for 401(k). … Full-time employees are eligible for health insurance,” he said.

Buc-ee’s advertised a pay range of $13 to $17 an hour for employees at its location that opened in Alabama last year.

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More Daytona development set for LPGA area

The development surge along Daytona’s LPGA corridor could soon become a flood. Projects are planned on both sides of Interstate 95 that could bring more shops, eateries, hotels, homes, apartments and possibly a movie theater. Not to mention a whole bunch more traffic.

DAYTONA BEACH — The development surge along this city’s LPGA Boulevard corridor could soon become a deluge.

Projects planned on both sides of Interstate 95 are poised to bring more shops, eateries, hotels, homes, apartments and possibly a movie theater.

Not to mention more traffic.

“Activity begets more activity,” said Carl Lentz IV, managing partner of SVN Alliance Commercial Real Estate Advisors.

“Traffic is a good thing for retailers.”

Since 2015, the I-95/LPGA area has seen the opening of three shopping centers — Tanger Outlets, Tomoka Town Center and Latitude Landings.

It has added regional distribution centers for Trader Joe’s and B.Braun as well as a last-mile delivery station for Amazon, the e-commerce giant.

Other recently completed commercial projects along the LPGA corridor include the new Sam’s Club, Stor-It Storage Center and Superwash Express.

The corridor has also seen the opening of two new residential subdivisions that have added more than 1,000 homes and three new luxury apartment complexes with more than than 900 units.

Projects under construction include a Buc-ee’s next to the I-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange. When it opens next year, the 120-fuel pump facility will be the largest gas station in Florida. It will include a 53,000-square-foot travel convenience center, bigger than most supermarkets.

Also going up are more restaurants and shops at Tomoka Town Center.

New tenants expected to open later this year include a Duck Donuts gourmet donuts shop next to Blaze Pizza, and a 5.11 Tactical outdoor apparel shop next to Barnes & Noble, said Tomoka Town Center developer Jeff Preston.

Other tenants coming to Tomoka Town Center include a Rooms to Go store that will be built along I-95 just north of Tanger Outlets and an antique car-themed Ford’s Garage restaurant next to Chipotle.

Across the street on the east side of Williamson Boulevard, Orlando developer Unicorp is building a new shopping center called Shoppes at Williamson Crossing.

New luxury apartments are going up both along LPGA and Williamson boulevards that are expected to add more than 1,000 units.

And that’s just the beginning.

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More retail coming to Daytona’s LPGA Boulevard

Site work has begun on three new retail projects just east of the Interstate-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange in Daytona Beach: a highly anticipated Buc-ee’s mega-sized gas station/travel convenience center, a new shopping center called Williamson Crossing, and a pair of new retail buildings at Tomoka Town Center.

DAYTONA BEACH — When Pete Tavolacci decided to open his Dominic’s Deli & Eatery at Tomoka Town Center in February, he did so because of the tremendous growth both at the center as well as the surrounding area.

“We were looking for an expansion site and this was a perfect fit,” said Tavolacci, who also owns a Dominic’s Deli in Palm Coast.

The Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange area is home on its east side to both Tomoka Town Center, the neighboring Tanger Outlets and the new Sam’s Club that opened in July.

On the west side is the new Publix-anchored Latitude Landings shopping center that opened in November next to Latitude Margaritaville and is set to soon add more shops and restaurants.

And more commercial growth is on the way.

This past week, site work began on not one, not two, but three new retail projects in the area just east of the Interstate-95/LPGA Boulevard interchange.

Land is now being cleared for the highly anticipated Buc-ee’s mega gas station/travel convenience center, a new retail center called Shoppes at Williamson Crossing, and a pair of new retail buildings at Tomoka Town Center, across from, Tavolacci’s deli/restaurant.

Jeff Preston of North American Development Group, the developer of Tomoka Town Center, which welcomed its first stores just over a year ago, confirmed that his company has begun construction of two side-by-side standalone retail buildings. One will become home to a Verizon Wireless store. The other will be offer storefront spaces for multiple tenants.

A site has also been cleared up the street from the two future retail buildings for a planned antique car-themed restaurant called Ford’s Garage, which is expected to soon start vertical construction, Preston said.

Talks also are underway with the Miller’s Ale House restaurant chain which has shown interest in possibly building a new standalone eatery on the undeveloped lot immediately south of the new Sam’s Club.

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