Buc-ee’s was founded in 1982 by Don Waesek and Arch “Beaver” Alpin in Lake Jackson, Texas. The company operates a chain of convenience and fueling stores. The name is a combination of Alpin’s nickname and the name of his dog.
The company currently has 40 locations, most of them in Texas. The size of each location varies, but most have gas stations for large trucks and cars, but not for 18 wheelers. Many locations also offer car washes. The largest Buc-ee’s opened in 2012 and it features 120 fuel pumps, 83 restrooms, 31 cash registers, and 80 fountain drink dispensers. This location in New Braunfels also sells water gear and inner tubes for those enjoying the nearby Guadalupe River.
Buc-ee’s is perhaps best known for its entertaining billboards found on highways throughout Texas. Billboards with slogans such as “Ice, Beer, and Jerky, the 3 Food Groups” and “Don’t Pass Our Gas” are common.