It’s Official: Louisiana is Getting its First Buc-ee’s
"This is a tremendous project. We are so grateful that Buc-ee's has decided to locate its first travel center in the state here in Ruston. The capital investment is huge and the 200+ jobs being created are extraordinary for the citizens of Ruston. We are excited to welcome Buc-ee's to our community and look forward to their success. This project has been in the works for several ears and would not be possible without our wonderful City Council members. I would also like to say thank you to the Lincoln Parish School Board, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff for their partnership in this project."
These are the words of Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker as he announced that Buc-ee's is opening their first travel center in Louisiana in Ruston.
To say that Buc-ee's has a huge impact on an area is almost a no-brainer. If you remember, the area around I-20 & Highway 80 in Texas was nothing but fields and pasture before Buc-ee's built their travel center there near Terrell, TX. Now, there's almost an entirely new town, with hotels, furniture stores, restaurants, and other retail outlets.
The new Buc-ee's in Ruston is expected to have the same impact on that area. Buc-ee's is known for it's exceptionally clean restrooms, innumerous gas pumps, and almost an endless choice of snacks and food, like beef jerky and freshly baked cinnamon rolls.
Jade West, Economic Development Director for the City of Ruston, stated:
"This is a huge win for Ruston and all of North Louisiana. We are thrilled that Buc-ee's saw the potential in our city and are so glad they are locating the first Buc-ee's in Louisiana here in Ruston. The economic impact of this development is substantial and something the community will continue to benefit from for years to come. I am excited to see the additional development and indirect economic impact that will spur from this project. Our community is well-positioned for future growth and success."
The new travel center will be located off the Tarbutton Road exit directly across from Ruston Junior High School. Construction is expected to start later this year, and will be fully operational by 2025.
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