Governor, other officials welcome Florence travel center

Buc-ee’s, home of the world’s cleanest bathrooms and freshest food, broke ground on its new travel center in Florence recently with the sun shining and many local and state dignitaries in attendance.

Buc-ee’s Florence will occupy more than 53,200 square feet and offer 120 fueling positions just outside its store with thousands of snack, meal and drink options for travelers on the go.

Located at the northeast corner of Interstate 95 and North Williston, this will be the first Buc-ee’s location in South Carolina.

“This represents a $35 million private investment and will create around 200 jobs,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “This showcases a positive for this area and will encourage people to stop and look at what we have in South Carolina.”

Speakers for Buc-ee’s groundbreaking included Florence County Councilman Rev. Waymon Mumford; Florence County Council Chairman Willard Dorriety Jr.; newly elected Florence Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin; State Sen. Hugh Leatherman; State Rep. Murrell Smith; and Buc-ee’s founder Arch “Beaver” Aplin III.

“You know I’ve been a senator for 40 years, and governor, you probably never thought we’d be at a groundbreaking for a gas station. But it’s not a gas station, it’s Buc-ee’s,” said Leatherman.

Founded in 1982, Buc-ee’s has 39 stores across Texas, Alabama and Georgia, and plans to open its first Florida outpost in 2021. Buc-ee’s is known for pristine bathrooms, the most competitively priced gasoline, friendly service, Buc-ee’s apparel and fresh, delicious food.

Originally launched and still headquartered in Texas, Buc-ee’s has combined traditional quality and modern efficiency to redefine traveling for their customers. For more information, visit

Author: Stephan Drew

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