First Missouri Buc-ee broke ground in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri’s first and highly anticipated Buc-ee’s convenience store and gas station broke ground Tuesday in Springfield.

“We don’t have much on this side of the north side of the interstate,” Councilman Abe McGull said. “Not only is this location ideal for them off interstate I-44, but it’s also ideal for us as a city because we’ve been trying to develop this area for a while.”

Buc-ee’s will bring up to 200 jobs to southwest Missouri, as well as revenue for the city of Springfield.

“There is an estimated $30 million in revenue that will be brought to this location,” McGull said. “We’ll be able to use the money for other services like parks, economic development and other areas.”

The city hopes the popular store and gas station will bring more business to the side of I-44.

“There are other entities that generally inhabit the vicinity [Buc-ee’s] like a hotel,” McGull said. “You’re going to have restaurants and other restaurants in that location as well, movie theaters. So we’re looking at this to develop and encourage some of those types of entities, business entities here in Springfield.

There are also some general improvements taking place to make Buc-ee and the surrounding area more accessible.

“Some of those public improvements could include things like roadway or transportation improvements,” said Springfield Director of Economic Vitality Amanda Ohlensehlen.

“It also includes the extension of water service and burrowing under I-44. So now there will be about a thousand acres north of the interstate that will be cleared for future development.

McGull said crews will build an I-44 off-ramp for easy access to pumps and convenience stores, along with other infrastructure to make the area accessible to other businesses in the future. Springfield wasn’t always considered as a potential Buc-ee location.

“The only reason it wasn’t on the radar a few years ago was just the geographic logistics of it,” said Buc-ee Owner Arch “Beaver” Aplin. “Now when we start expanding, of course we start in the south and then Alabama and Florida, but now we’re in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky. So we’re just slowly getting here.”

Aplin said he didn’t foresee the opening of the first Missouri Buc-ee happening this quickly. However, he is excited to be in Show-Me State and bring more work to the area.

“It’s good for the community from an employment aspect,” Aplin said. “If we’re really doing our job, we’re going to stop some people on the interstate where we’re going.”

Buc-ee plans to open its doors in December 2023.

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