Buc-ee's in the plans for newly rezoned 50-acre development in Melissa

Published: Jan. 19, 2017 at 6:57 PM CST
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MELISSA, Texas (KXII) -- A popular Texas convenience store is making its way up to Texoma.

They say everything's bigger in Texas, and with Buc-ee's, that's definitely the case.

A Buc-ee's is in the plans for a newly rezoned 50-acre lot in Melissa, but it would bring more than food and fuel, it would also bring hundreds of jobs.

"They got the best bathrooms, they are awesome," Tracy Turner said.

"It's really big," Santos Shrestha said.

This Texas-based chain is known for their beaver-themed souvenirs and tasty food on the road, but they won't stop there, they also plan to add nearly 200 local jobs, which would make it the second largest employer in the city of Melissa.

"I think it's good, I think it will bring a lot of jobs to this area, and this area is growing bigger and bigger every day," Turner said.

Tracy Turner lives across from the 50-acre lot on the northeast corner of Highway 75 and Davis Road, the land the city just approved and rezoned for the development's preliminary plans.

Melissa City Manager Jason Little said the 52,000-square-foot Buc-ee's Travel Center would be the first addition, as well as eight to 10 other sites. A new neighbor Turner's excited to have.

"They got everything you could want and need, I mean it's really awesome, and their barbecue sandwiches are to die for," Turner said.

But this news brings less excitement to some others, like local convenience store owners.

"I'm hoping I can keep my customers here, because a big store is going to impact everyone," Shrestha said, who owns a convenience store up the road.

The city manager said 95 percent of Buc-ee's sales come from outside of the zip code. There are 11 other Buc-ee's Travel Centers in Texas, but this would be the first in Texoma.

"I mean it's gonna be good because there is a lot of traffic through here, so I think it will do good," Turner said.

Buc-ee's must now get a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as put in a signal request to TxDOT before construction can begin. The city manager said both are very likely to be approved.