A beaver bearing a red hat will give motorists another reason to make a pit stop in eastern Ellis County.
The Buc-ee’s chain of convenience stores, renowned for its clean restrooms, Texas-themed items, and cartoon mascot has selected Ennis for a new location that will open in 2019.
Ennis Mayor Angie Juenemann is excited about possibilities that a development like Buc-ee’s can bring to the city. She shared that the community is already abuzz about the store making its new home in Ennis.
“The initial Facebook post announcing the new travel center has reached over 200,000 people. There is a lot of excitement but still a bit of ‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’” Juenemann said. “I love that bit of surprise and incredulity, that is a part of what makes Ennis such a unique and wonderful place to live, work, and play.”
Juenemann shared that she is a big fan of the convenience store’s products and experience that it offers.
“They have the cleanest bathrooms in the world, beaver nuggets, beef jerky, and trail mix as far as the eye can see – it just doesn’t get any better than that,” Juenemann recalled. “Buc-ee’s is truly an experiential destination. We plan our trips are going from one Buc-ee’s to the next.”
The $30-plus million travel center is expected to be 52,000 square feet and located on an 80-acre tract of land at the southeast corner of Interstate Highway 45 and Creechville Road. Construction is anticipated to take 12-18 months with an opening planned for May or June 2019.
Texas Monthly reported motorists who stop by a Buc-ee’s could choose from more than 80 kinds of fountain drinks, 31 types of jerky, and corn puffs known as Beaver Nuggets. It also has T-shirts adorned with its mascot, and caps. As a part of the agreement with Buc-ee’s the store will provide space for Ennis visitor and guest products and information.
A news release from Buc-ee’s shows that it has 41 stores, wit