Buc-ee’s groundbreaking in Richmond sparks excitement for the Texas sized gas station

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – Famously known in Texas, Buc-ee’s is bringing its larger than life gas station and travel center to Kentucky.

The first one in the commonwealth broke ground Tuesday at its new home off I-75 exit 83 in Richmond as you leave Berea and go towards EKU.

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The $30 million property will have 120 pumps for gas and a 53,300 square foot shopping facility, you won’t miss it once its built.

There’s also expansive econmic growth expected for Richmond.

Buc-ee’s expects to hire 200 full-time employees.

Mayor Robert Blythe said at the groundbreaking, this new venture is moving Richmond forward.

“If I must confess, I was a little misty eyed when I received the news that this project was certain,” Blythe said.

It also comes with a loyal fan base.

“If you’ve never heard of or been to Buc-ee’s, then you’ve been deprived to your whole life,” Adaryll Jordan said.

Jordan is a dual resident in both Kentucky and Texas and is a big fan of the chain. He knows when you see a big beaver logo on the highway you pull over even if you don’t need gas.

What some might not know, there’s fresh brisket sandwhiches, a deli, local brands for shopping clothes and home decor, and Buc-ee’s trademark snacks, like the famous Beaver Nuggets.

And of course, its pristine reputation for a clean restroom.

“We want to provide smiles for the traveling public and smiles for the local people,” Buc-ee’s Founder and Owner ‘Beaver’ Aplin said Tuesday.

And as a dad of three, Adaryll Jordan has a bit of advice.

“I anticipate folks losing a lot of money. It’s been one of the jokes that says you’d never go into Buc-ee’s and spend less than $50,” Jordan said.

Buc-ee’s in Richmond is scheduled to open Summer 2022.

 

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com