Texomans only have days to wait before they’re only a short drive away from fresh Beaver Nuggets.


Buc-ee’s, the Texas-based chain of convenience stores and gas stations beloved by travelers across the country, announced Tuesday its new Melissa location will officially open to customers this coming Monday.


The business, located at 1550 N. U.S. Highway 75, will open to the public at 6 a.m. on Monday and offer customers nearly 100 gas pumps and a 50,000-square-foot store. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new store is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday.


Construction on the business began in early 2018 and Melissa city staff have said the store is expected to attract 14,000 to 16,000 patrons each day. Area first responders are being invited to visit the business on April 26 for an appreciation-day event.


“Buc-ee’s is popular with motorists because it’s not just a gas station, it’s a destination,” Buc-ee’s Human Resources recruiter Amy Minges said in a previous interview. “We’re really excited to be expanding into North Texas.”


A press release announcing the new store’s grand opening date states the Melissa location will offer “Buc-ee’s famous Texas Round Up barbeque, a vast selection of beef jerky, numerous flavors of homemade fudge and, of course, Beaver Nuggets.”


Minges said the company began hiring staff for its Melissa location earlier this year and the store will employ roughly 200 workers. Starting wages for cashiers range from $13 per hour to $16 per hour. A recent search of Buc-ee’s website, showed a number of open positions at the Melissa location, including cashier, bookkeeper, cleaning attendant and general manager.


“With over 50,000 square feet of space, many fueling positions and plenty of restrooms, the destination pit stop has plenty of room for both new and old Beaver fans,” the press release states.


While many customers may be lured in by Buc-ee’s Beaver Nuggets and award-winning clean bathrooms, the business will also get customers on their way with the standard array of graded gasolines and harder-to-find fuel options, like 92 octane and DEF.


Buc-ee’s was founded in 1982 and operated 36 stores in Texas and Alabama, including the New Braunfels location, which is the largest convenience store in the world.


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