Buc-ee’s Lays Groundwork for First Virginia Location

The new convenience store, set to open in 2027, is near Richmond.

March 08, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Buc-ee’s continues to expand outside of its native Texas. A new store will be built in New Kent County in Virginia, near Richmond, marking the convenience retailer’s first foray into the commonwealth.

The retailer plans to construct a 74,000-square-foot store with 120 fueling positions, 557 parking spaces, 24 Tesla charging spaces and 10 bus/RV parking spaces. The new location will open in 2027.

“The site is currently a grassy parcel on the north side of I-64 across from the New Kent Visitors and Commerce Center,” Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Matthew J. Smolnik, assistant county administrator for New Kent, said the location benefits from being close to Colonial Downs Racetrack. The site is on the busy route between Richmond, Williamsburg and Newport News.

“We’re unique because we’ve got Virginia’s only thoroughbred horse track, and now we’re going to have Virginia’s first Buc-ee’s,” he said. “We’re really excited about this being a catalyst for more economic activity.”

The site is at the same exit as Love’s and Pilot travel centers and a $185 million AutoZone distribution center under construction, according to the Times-Dispatch.

The county’s economic development department shared a statement via Facebook from Buc-ee’s: “Buc-ee’s Travel Center is a family-focused travel center featuring a wide range of freshly prepared foods, including home-crafted BBQ, custom-made sandwiches, fresh salads and fruits, baked goods and sweets as well as a unique collection of gifts, housewares, clothing and weekend getaway gear. Buc-ee’s is open 24/7 and provides our guests with the cleanest restrooms and friendliest staff to be found anywhere. Buc-ee’s is not a truck stop; 18-wheelers are not allowed on the property. Buc-ee’s is a one-of-a-kind destination. Buc-ee’s will employ (full time with benefits) over 175 residents earning an average minimum wage of $16-18 per hour.”

In August, Buc-ee’s broke ground on its first Missouri location. In May, it opened its first South Carolina location.