Buc-ee’s holds grand opening ceremony for Athens location

A grand opening ceremony was held for the Buc-ee's location in Athens on Nov. 21, 2022.
A grand opening ceremony was held for the Buc-ee's location in Athens on Nov. 21, 2022.(WAFF)
Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 3:30 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 7:48 PM CST
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ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) - The Texas-based travel center, Buc-ee’s opened its third location in Alabama along I-65 in Athens on Monday.

Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks and other city officials attended the grand opening. This new Buc-ee’s location is the first in North Alabama. Construction is underway in Auburn for the franchise’s fourth Alabama location.

“Alabama has been a great partner to Buc-ee’s, and we expect to continue that success in Athens and Limestone County,” Stan Beard of Buc-ee’s said in a statement. “Our first location on I-65 naturally belongs in Athens, one of the friendliest and busiest communities in the Southeast.”

The ceremony was held at the new location in Athens on Nov. 21, 2022.

Buc-ee’s will provide 250 new jobs to the area.

Marks said the new travel center will significantly benefit Athens’ economy.

“Buc-ee’s will be a destination stop in Athens,” Marks said in a statement. “Interstate traffic is a vital part of our tax base, and Buc-ee’s will definitely benefit our economy. Buc-ee’s also has a wonderful reputation for customer service and community support. We look forward to a long and successful partnership in Athens.”

Buc-ee’s owner Arch “Beaver” Aplin III said Athens is the perfect location for the store.

“It’s a wonderful town to do business in, and with this intersection on the intersection it works great,” he said. “This community has been wonderful to work with. We look forward to being part of the community from now on. We are excited to be in Athens.”