ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - A popular Texas-based convenience store chain will be fueling competition in Northeast Florida when it opens a massive gas station and store in St. Johns County.
Buc-ee's, which announced in April that it would be building its first store outside the Lone Star State in Daytona Beach, also wants to set up shop off I-95 near the World Golf Village, according to blueprints obtained by News4Jax.
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The chain has filed a development pre-application with St. Johns County for a 52,600-square-foot convenience store with 120 fueling stations. The store would be about the size of a football field.
The Texas chain is known for its size, its iconic beaver mascot and the wide variety of items it sells.
"I've gotten a lot of stuff from there: jackets, knives, all kinds of different things,” customer Teasa Lyncker said. "They sell food. They sell everything. They're like a Walmart."
County leaders said the mega convenience store could boost the economy and bring hundreds of new jobs.
But with all the competition from other popular gas stations like Gate and Wawa, will Buc-ee's deliver what people want?
GasBuddy.com thinks so. Buc-ee's took the top spot in its most recent convenience store report card, beating out the competition in categories like clean bathrooms, customer service and coffee.
Local drivers are also looking forward to paying less at the pumps.
"With competition comes better prices,” Lyncker said.
It's still early in the application process, so there's no word on when the store might open.
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