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ROCKWALL COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Beaver nuggets are closer to North Texas than ever before! Buc-ee’s is preparing to open a location in Royse City. Officials with the chain of convenience megastores announced the deal this week.
So… Royse City? If you take Interstate-30 east of Dallas you’ll drive right through it and right past an empty lot where Buc-ee’s may soon sit.
The company says it’s still finalizing plans, but has hopes of building the new location across the street from the Royse City High School football stadium.
Rae Anne Sanders can’t wait to see Buc-ee’s in her town. “It’s gonna be slurpee time right there on the corner every day,” she said smiling. “We don’t have anything out here, so it’s exciting.”
Local residents are used to driving out of town for just about everything. Daniel McManus said items run the spectrum. “Prescriptions and groceries. We don’t have a grocery store out here.”
But if Buc-ee’s builds in Royse City the area may become a destination itself.
With Walmart and CVS breaking ground, there’s already quite a bit of construction. A billboard at the town line politely asks visitors to “pardon the dust.”
One teenager said, “It’s a little strange to think it’ll be busy around here.”
Buc-ee’s owner “Beaver” Aplin told CBS 11 News he’s thrilled. “Yeah, we’re very excited about being in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.”
The first North Texas Buc-ee’s store will open in Terrell this June, followed by one in Fort Worth near the Texas Motor Speedway.
Aplin hopes to open the Royse City location after the other two. He said, “People that are not familiar with Buc-ee’s will get indoctrinated, if you will.”
Plans to build a location in Corinth were shot down last year by city leaders. But in Royse City, Alpin says it was the town that first reached out to him.
McManus thinks the business will be good for the area. “Anything to help the economy of Royse City. This little town’s growing.”
Sanders agrees, saying, “We like the small town feel, but we need a little growth.”
There is no specific timeline for when the Royse City Buc-ee’s will be complete. But officials with the city say folks should expect it sooner rather than later.
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