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Report: Buc-ee's looking to expand Luling travel center

According to a new report, public funding could subsidize a bigger store along Interstate 10 in Luling.

LULING, Texas — Buc-ee's appears to be planning to make more room for Beaver Nuggets and beef jerky in Caldwell County.

The Austin Business Journal (ABJ) reports that Buc-ee's Ltd. appears to be again expanding its first full-fledged travel center in Luling, Texas. On April 12, the Caldwell County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to approve a Chapter 381 incentives agreement that would aid Buc-ee's Ltd. with building a "much larger store" in the area.

The ABJ reports that the agreement, codenamed "Project Buc-ee's," was also listed on the agenda of the Luling City Council on April 12, but it is unclear if any action was taken by the council.

The ABJ reports that Chapter 381 agreements often yield property or sales tax breaks for expanding businesses. 

Many details about the project are unknown, but Buc-ee's does currently have a location in Luling, along Interstate 10. According to the ABJ, that location opened in 2001 and was Buc-ee's first full-fledged travel center. A 2019 Texas Monthly report stated that the Luling location doubled in size to 17,000 square feet in 2006 and doubled again in 2009.

Representatives from both Buc-ee's Ltd. and Caldwell County did not provide the ABJ with additional information about the project.

Buc-ee's opened its first location in Lake Jackson, Texas, in 1982. The company currently has more than 40 locations throughout Texas, Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Additional locations are under construction in Colorado, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Read the ABJ's full report.

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