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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A Texas staple is opening another store and customers lined up to be there when the doors opened, and of course to get their Beaver Nuggets. All the excitement is happening in far north Fort Worth where Buc-ee’s has opened it’s first store in the city. The company has a cult-like following.
If you’re getting geared up for a road trip, or just looking for something to pick up for lunch… either way Buc-ee’s has more gas pumps and snack options than you can shake a stick at.
The newest Buc-ee’s travel stop, and only one in the metroplex, is near the Texas Motor Speedway, at Interstate-35W and Highway 114 — perfect for race fans or travelers heading south from Oklahoma.
Buc-ee’s employees and customers say the store is uniquely Texas — both in size and hospitality.
Azle resident Linda Williams and her husband were the first inside the store. “We’ve been hearing about it. He’s on vacation this week,” she said pointing to her husband. “He works for the TRE. So we thought we’d come out this morning and check it out, ‘cause we’ve never been to one and we wanted to be the first in line.”
The travel store is about as big as a Wal-Mart neighborhood market, at about 60,000 square feet, but also has 104 gas pumps.
One employee at the mega-convenience store said the new Fort Worth location might be the busiest in the state. Some 15,000 people are expected to drop in on opening day alone. The first North Texas Buc-ee’s location opened in Terrell around this same time last year. More stores are planned for Denton and Royse City.
Not only can you shop here – you can work here too. The Fort Worth Buc-ee’s location has hired more than 200 employees, paying between $13 and $18 an hour. New employee Kimberly Goodman said that she used to work at a bank, but decided to come here instead. “Honestly, it’s because every time I go into one, they’re so friendly and the bathrooms are amazing,” she said. “I have a baby and the changing table is private, so it’s nice.”
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