Those hoping to get their hands on some beaver nuggets locally won’t have to wait much longer.
The Buc-ee’s convenience store being built in Melissa is on schedule to open by the end of April or early May, a company spokesperson said. The store appears to be nearing completion, as the familiar “Buc-ee’s” sign has been added to the building and its beaver logo is visible on the awning over the gas pumps.
“Construction is virtually complete,” Buc-ee’s spokesperson Jeff Nadalo said. “The store will be finished soon. Then it takes us time to set things up in the interior. Then it’s getting everyone trained before opening.”
Buc-ee’s began construction on its Melissa store, which will be located at 1550 Central Expressway and feature nearly 100 fuel pumps, in early 2018 and Nadalo said it is currently on schedule to open according to what he described as a typical timeline for completion.
He said the store is still hiring for several positions, though he didn’t have an exact number of the remaining positions to be filled. Once all staff is hired, Nadalo said the store would employ around 200 people.
Buc-ee’s Human Resources recruiter Amy Minges said in a previous interview the company began the process of hiring for the Melissa location earlier this year. Minges said store personnel will include around 14 managers and starting wages for cashiers beginning at $13 an hour.
“Buc-ee’s is popular with motorists because it’s not just a gas station, it’s a destination,” Minges said previously. “We’re really excited to be expanding into North Texas.”
City of Melissa staff did not return phone calls seeking comment this week. Melissa City Manager Jason Little previously told the Anna-Melissa Tribune the Buc-ee’s location should attract between 14,000 to 16,000 people a day.
Little said the construction of the location initially ran into difficulties with permitting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that caused delays.
Buc-ee’s has more than 30 locations throughout Texas and states on its website that the Melissa location is going to sell a 92 octane ethanol free gasoline once it is completed. The service station is also going to have a dispenser at the fuel pump distributing DEF for diesel customers, a relatively new feature more stations are exploring.
Nadalo previously said while selling DEF at the pump is not unique to Buc-ee’s, it is rare and not available at all locations. He also said pure gasoline is mostly offered to satisfy the demand for customers using it in their classic cars, boats and small engines. Not all 92 octane gas is going to be ethanol free, nor is all ethanol free gas 92 octane, Nadalo explained, and different gas stations will sell the ethanol free gas at different octane ratings.
“There is a strong demand for it,” Nadalo said via email.