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Buc-ee’s in Mebane getting closer

Buc-ee’s – a travel plaza chain based in Texas that’s steadily making inroads throughout the South – has filed plans with the city of Mebane to build what would be the company’s first North Carolina location at 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road, which is within the city’s jurisdiction.

Mebane officials have said the proposed site plans for Buc-ee’s could be presented to the city’s planning board as early as its December meeting.

Mebane’s technical review committee (TRC) met last week to review site plans for the proposed Buc-ee’s, according to Ashley Ownbey, the city’s development coordinator.

Headquartered in Jackson, Texas, Buc-ee’s recently filed a preliminary site plan with the city, seeking rezoning to build a 75,440-square foot store on 32.5 acres adjacent to I-85/40. The Mebane location could have as many as 120 gas pumps and eight diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) pumps.

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Buc-ee’s previously sought unsuccessfully to build a travel plaza in western Orange County, along Mount Willing Road in Efland. The company ultimately withdrew its application for conditional rezoning in early 2021 amid vigorous opposition from neighbors.

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Ownbey has said that a Special Use Permit and a Traffic Impact Analysis would be required in order to move forward with the construction.

The site along Trollingwood-Hawfields Road is adjacent to I-85/40 and is technically part of three separate parcels originally owned by Sarah S. Bradley of 917 Arrowhead Lane in Mebane. The property, which is vacant, spans a combined total of 89.89 calculated acres and has a total tax value of more than $5.2 million, according to Alamance County’s tax department.

Given the site’s location within the North Carolina Commerce Park, there would be a three-way split in revenues among Mebane, Graham, and the county, if the project is approved, Mebane city manager Chris Rollins recently told the newspaper.

The closest Buc-ee’s location to North Carolina opened in May 2022 in Florence, South Carolina. The company has 46 stores and has opened travel plazas in six southern states, as well as in Colorado and its home state of Texas, since 2019, according to its website.

The proposed Buc-ee’s is going where the third warehouse (along Trollingwood-Hawfields Road) was originally proposed. (See now empty area below.)

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