FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The owner of Buc-ee’s says he has devoted most of his time to the proposed Buc-ees in Corinth, but now that the town’s city council has rejected his proposal, he says he’ll focus on Fort Worth.
Plans showed the proposed Corinth Buc-ees store would have served more than 7,000 customers a day with its 96 gas pumps and more than 600 parking spaces spanning 18 acres.
“I think council’s spoken. They don’t want Buc-ee’s in Corinth. Will move down the road and find something else on I-35,” said owner Arch Aplin III.
Aplin now says he’s interested in the intersection of I-35 and 114. But he could also face the same opposition there, as he did in Corinth.
Homeowners who live down the road, about a mile west of Texas Motor Speedway on 114, say they don’t want Buc-ee’s in their neighborhood. They like the idea of a nearby gas station and convenience store, but they don’t want the additional traffic the massive development would bring. They say on race days, the bottleneck of traffic is so bad, they don’t leave their homes.
“If we’re stuck because of the races, we can’t get in. Sometimes we have to take a 20 mile radius just to get back into our neighborhood,” said homeowner Dena Brewster.
“I see why people want it, but I would prefer for it to be a couple miles down,” suggested homeowner Cecelia Price. “More towards Fort Worth.”
CBS 11 contacted a spokesperson for the City of Fort Worth, who said there is nothing concerning Buc-ee’s on the agenda right now.
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