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Extremely anticipated Buc-ees opens first SC location: Is the Upstate subsequent? – WYFF4 Greenville

The much-anticipated opening of the first Buc-ee’s in South Carolina happened Monday. The massive gas station and travel center opened its doors in Florence at 6 a.m.The opening included a ribbon-cutting with Gov. Henry McMaster and House Speaker Murrell Smith.The Buc-ee’s at Exit 170 on Interstate 95 will have more than 100 gas pumps and a massive store that includes food, drinks and merchandise.The stores are known for their Texas barbeque, homemade fudge, kolaches, Beaver Nuggets, jerky and fresh pastries.The first Buc-ee’s travel center opened in Texas in 1982. So is the Upstate next? In April WYFF News 4 reported that a Buc-ee’s is set to be built in Anderson. The location for the new Buc-ee’s location is right off of Exit 21 on Liberty Highway, across from QuikTrip and BP that currently sit on the opposite corners. Buc-ee’s has already purchased the land for $1 million for preliminary environmental engineering, according to Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns.“People make a Buc-ee’s a destination on their trips,” Burns said. “They will plan to go from here to here, to arrive at Buc-ee’s and the average stay is around 45 mins to an hour. In order for Buc-ee’s to come here, which we’re working very hard on, we have to find the money to complete or re-do that intersection.”Redoing the intersection would include upgrades to the infrastructure of the bridge and the roadways that would lead up to where Buc-ee’s will be located.”It could cost between $40 and $50 million, and it would serve not just Buc-ee’s but also the industries that are located on that highway,” Burns said.”Our stores generate quite a bit of traffic coming in and out of the store, so in order to accommodate that we have to ensure sure that the roads leading to the store and the roads that egress out of the parking lot are sufficient,” Nadalo said.When it comes to taxpayers and how much the project may cost them, Burns said a variety of available funding, contributions upfront from Buc-ee’s, gas taxes once Buc-ee’s is operating, and the overall draw the store will have should ensure taxpayers aren’t emptying their wallets.”There is lots of money coming down from Washington on the federal level for economic recovery purposes, and an institution that would create 200 jobs that pay very well,” Burns said. “The increase in the gas tax that Anderson county would get and not only the state, we think the cost-benefit ratio would be ideal, but we’re hoping to make it none to a minimal cost to Anderson County residents.”Burns said once a final price is reached for the improvements, Buc-ee’s has agreed to pay a substantial portion of it.”We’re proud to call Anderson our home, and we’re working diligently to get it done,” Nadalo said. “We believe our stores generate substantial revenue, so it’s a net positive to every community we go to. “We have both ad valorem taxes, sales taxes and other taxes which substantially enhance the local communities in terms of tax revenue.”Buc-ee’s is set to open during the first half of 2025.

The much-anticipated opening of the first Buc-ee’s in South Carolina happened Monday.

The massive gas station and travel center opened its doors in Florence at 6 a.m.

The opening included a ribbon-cutting with Gov. Henry McMaster and House Speaker Murrell Smith.

The Buc-ee’s at Exit 170 on Interstate 95 will have more than 100 gas pumps and a massive store that includes food, drinks and merchandise.

The stores are known for their Texas barbeque, homemade fudge, kolaches, Beaver Nuggets, jerky and fresh pastries.

The first Buc-ee’s travel center opened in Texas in 1982.

So is the Upstate next?

In April WYFF News 4 reported that a Buc-ee’s is set to be built in Anderson.

The location for the new Buc-ee’s location is right off of Exit 21 on Liberty Highway, across from QuikTrip and BP that currently sit on the opposite corners.

Buc-ee’s has already purchased the land for $1 million for preliminary environmental engineering, according to Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns.

“People make a Buc-ee’s a destination on their trips,” Burns said. “They will plan to go from here to here, to arrive at Buc-ee’s and the average stay is around 45 mins to an hour. In order for Buc-ee’s to come here, which we’re working very hard on, we have to find the money to complete or re-do that intersection.”

Redoing the intersection would include upgrades to the infrastructure of the bridge and the roadways that would lead up to where Buc-ee’s will be located.

“It could cost between $40 and $50 million, and it would serve not just Buc-ee’s but also the industries that are located on that highway,” Burns said.

“Our stores generate quite a bit of traffic coming in and out of the store, so in order to accommodate that we have to ensure sure that the roads leading to the store and the roads that egress out of the parking lot are sufficient,” Nadalo said.

When it comes to taxpayers and how much the project may cost them, Burns said a variety of available funding, contributions upfront from Buc-ee’s, gas taxes once Buc-ee’s is operating, and the overall draw the store will have should ensure taxpayers aren’t emptying their wallets.

“There is lots of money coming down from Washington on the federal level for economic recovery purposes, and an institution that would create 200 jobs that pay very well,” Burns said. “The increase in the gas tax that Anderson county would get and not only the state, we think the cost-benefit ratio would be ideal, but we’re hoping to make it none to a minimal cost to Anderson County residents.”

Burns said once a final price is reached for the improvements, Buc-ee’s has agreed to pay a substantial portion of it.

“We’re proud to call Anderson our home, and we’re working diligently to get it done,” Nadalo said. “We believe our stores generate substantial revenue, so it’s a net positive to every community we go to. “We have both ad valorem taxes, sales taxes and other taxes which substantially enhance the local communities in terms of tax revenue.”

Buc-ee’s is set to open during the first half of 2025.

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