Buc-ee’s planned new location along Interstate 25 and Weld County Road 48 could be among the biggest in the franchise and the world.
Preliminary documents for the convenience store and gas station, slated to open in 2024, list plans for 120 gas pumps, 596 parking spaces and a 74,000 square foot building.
The record holder for the world’s largest convenience store is Buc-ee’s New Braunfels, Texas location at 66,335 square feet. A new location in Sevierville, Tennessee is set to open in 2023 with a 74,000 square foot store, breaking the record by about 8,000 square feet.
The Johnstown location is expected to be the same size, sitting on nearly 30 acres at the southwest corner of I-25 and the Colo. 60, at exit 252. Plans include an indoor fueling area with 116 gas pumps and four diesel fueling stations. .
The upcoming Buc-ee’s in Johnstown is one of many planned locations popping up across the country. The store would be the Pearland, Texas-based chain’s first entry into Colorado, and the first location outside of the South.
The majority of Buc-ee’s planned locations feature buildings of around 50,000 square feet, with the Johnstown and Sevierville locations being the largest of the new crop. Medium convenience stores are typically around 2,500 square feet.
As BizWest first reported, Buc-ee locations are using their Texas-sized stores to smoke on-site barbecues, make homemade fudge and sell everything from travel snacks to homewares. . The chain’s famous bathrooms were designed by Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, founder of Buc-ee’s LLC, and feature bright lights and floor-to-ceiling walls around each cabin.
The Johnstown location is expected to include a special bicycle parking area and a future electric vehicle parking area. The plan also lists more Americans with Disabilities Act parking spaces than required by law, with 19. Although detailed traffic studies have not been made available, the site plan includes a roundabout and interchange. divergent diamonds that have drawn criticism from other companies in the region.
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