Daytona Buc-ee’s to break ground Sept. 16

The wait is over. Buc-ee’s is finally set to break ground in Daytona on Monday. The mega gas station and supermarket-sized convenience store will be the largest in Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH —Turns out, the wait won’t be as long as expected: Buc-ee’s will break ground here Monday for what could be the largest gas station/convenience store in Florida.

A ceremony to mark the start of construction for the planned 120-fueling position gas station and 53,000-square-foot travel convenience center will take place at 10 a.m. on the northeast corner of the Interstate 95/LPGA Boulevard interchange in Daytona Beach.

The announcement comes after Buc-ee’s spokesman Jeff Nadalo acknowledged in an interview in late July that the project might not break ground until the summer of 2021 because of delays in obtaining the necessary permits from the city.

“Sometimes things come in sooner than expected,” said Nadalo in a phone interview Tuesday. “We just got all the necessary permits and approvals.”

The Daytona Beach location will be the first to break ground in Florida for the chain, which also plans to add stores in St. Augustine, in the World Golf Village area, Fort Myers and Ocala.

The 53,000-square-foot Buc-ee’s “travel convenience center” and 120-fueling position gas station is expected to open in early 2021 and will include a car wash as well as room on the 35-acre property for other stores and/or restaurants.

Buc-ee’s first announced its plans to build a store in Daytona Beach in April 2017, saying at the that it expected it to open in 2018 as the chain’s first location outside of Texas.

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