Smoky Mountain Buc-ee’s remains the largest store, at least for now
When the self-styled “home of the world’s cleanest bathrooms, delicious barbecue, freshest food and friendliest beaver” announced plans to build the world’s largest convenience store in Kodak (near Sevierville, Tennessee), it generated a lot of attention. And now, the Kodak location is officially open, and it is the largest of all the Buc-ee’s. At least, it will be for a while.
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Is the Buc-ee’s in Kodak TN open?
The Kodak Buc-ee’s location in Tennessee is officially open. The store held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 26, 2023, where local and state leaders attended the celebration, including Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Buc-ee’s owner Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, Cherokee tribal leaders and many other partners and officials who helped Buc-ee’s bring the project to Kodak. So now, the new Tennessee location is officially serving the same favorite Buc-ee’s staples as its Texan counterparts such as fresh BBQ, homemade fudge, their popular Beaver Nuggets, jerky, kolaches, fresh pastries and of course, their famous Buc-ee’s brisket sandwich.
The Kodak store is currently the largest travel center in the world, at least for a while. The new location offers 120 fueling positions just outside its store with thousands of snack, meal and drink options for travelers on the go. The store’s 74,000-square-foot floor plan will remain the biggest Buc-ee’s until that record moves back to Texas, where construction is currently underway on a 75,000-square-foot location in Luling.
How big is Buc-ee’s in Kodak TN?
Buc-ee’s covers a whopping 74,000 square feet of the 200-acre development along Exit 407. It is the world’s largest Buc-ee’s, at least for a while. It has a mind-blowing total of 120 fueling stations, EV charging stations and a car wash (nearly the length of a football field). The previous biggest location of Buc-ee’s came in at 66,000 square feet. Buc-ee’s officials recently announced plans to build a 75,000 sq foot facility in Texas. This Buc-ee’s is the second Buc-ee’s location in Tennessee, joining Buc-ee’s Crossville, the first Tennessee Buc-ee’s.
Other notable developments at Exit 407
Kodak, for the uninitiated, is the gateway to popular tourist attractions including Dollywood, Anakeesta and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The destination receives millions of visitors annually. In fact, Exit 407 is one of the most heavily traveled sections of interstate in the country. For many, it is the first stop when they come to town for their family vacation. The gargantuan Buc-ee’s is located on land owned by Kituwah, LLC and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The land was acquired previously after being dormant for years due to a failed development.
There are more attractions on the way to Exit 407. For example, the area is expected to receive a Marriott Courtyard and The Smoky Gap District, an entertainment, dining and retail district opening in 2025. Previously, developers indicated the site might feature a “world-class” golf attraction (Editor’s Note: It better be a Top Golf) and a distillery experience.
Does Buc-ee’s have a phone number?
The Buc-ee’s locations do not have listed phone numbers. If you wish to contact the store, you must do so online. According to their website:
This is not a decision we made lightly. We previously had phones in the stores which were answered by the cashiers. When cashiers were on the phone instead of waiting on customers, this made the customers angry, so we thought it would be better to direct comments to the website.-Buc-ee’s
Hours, parking, and what you should know
Bucee’s is open 24 hours a day and has ample parking. However, getting to the location can sometimes be a task since the area is often congested. While there is plenty of food, there is no seating. For more information, visit them online:
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