Buc-ee’s Sevierville TN opening date: Massive travel center coming soon

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Buc-ee's will be coming soon to Sevierville, TN (media photo courtesy of Buc-ees)

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In a world of clogged inboxes full of press releases, it takes a little something special to stand out. 

Amid the endless pitches, solicitations and shysters, the folks at Buc-ee’s know how to make their voices heard. 

So when the self-styled “home of the world’s cleanest bathrooms, freshest food and friendliest beaver” announced its intention to build the world’s largest travel center in Sevierville, I must say I granted it my full and undivided attention.

Where is the Buc-ee’s going in TN?

The massive travel center will be located at Exit 407 on I-40. Exit 407 is one of the most heavily traveled sections of interstate in the country. 

The gargantuan Buc-ee’s will be located on land owned by Kituwah, LLC and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The land was acquired previously after being dormant for years due to a failed development. 

Buc-ee’s will cover a whopping 74,000 square feet of the 200-acre development. It will provide a mind-blowing 120 fueling positions, EV charging stations and a car wash (nearly the length of a football field). 

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The new massive Buc-ee’s will feature 120 fueling stations (media photo courtesy of Buc-ee’s)

In short, it’s going to be a big dang deal 

As a side note, I’m glad. I’ve been less than impressed with the gas stations near the exit of late. Recently, I pulled into one – which shall remain nameless – and none of the pumps were working correctly. 

Did they have any signs that let me know? Nope. They just let me drive from pump to pump like a moron.

In short, most of the gas stations in the area suck and I welcome our beaver-loving, gas station overlords.

In addition, several of the bathrooms at those stations near the exit are extremely sketchy unlike the humongous Buc-ee’s which considers their potties world famous.  

Somewhere a single tear drips down the face of the giant papier-mache head of NASCAR legend Richard Petty that used to sit on a bluff at a gas station located where the Beef Jerky outlet now sits.

Which reminds me, Buc-ee’s should totally drop the beaver mascot and bring that giant papier-mache head back. It would totally fit with the theme of the development, “The 407: Gateway to Adventure.”  

What says adventure more than a giant foam-like head of an aging NASCAR legend? 

But I digress.

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Buc-ee’s will have a variety of food including barbecue, snacks and pre-packaged meals (media photo courtesy of Buc-ee’s)

Does Buc-ee’s have food?

As for the rest of the press release, I’m sorry to say the opening salvo of Buc-ee’s press release promising clean bathrooms, fresh food and friendly beavers was simply a Trojan horse. A way to get my jaded eyes to read past the first paragraph.

Once they’d grabbed my attention it was time for regular press release synergistic hyperbole of carefully curated excitement words in which everybody gets a little too worked up about gas station barbecue and its potential to affect positive change on the world.  

“Buc-ee’s is known for pristine bathrooms, a large amount of fueling positions, friendly service, Buc-ee’s apparel and fresh, delicious food,” reads the press release.

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

Hey, you put their traditional quality into my modern efficiency! No. You got your modern efficiency all over my traditional quality!

Other future notable developments at the 407 site

Developers indicated that the rest of the site will feature a “world-class” golf attraction, (Editor’s Note: It better be a Top Golf) a go kart facility and a distillery experience. 

Throw in a place to get some pancakes and you’ll have distilled the entire Pigeon Forge experience into one 200-acre site. 

Read Also: New 200-acre “experiential destination” announced for Sevier County

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Construction has just begun at the Exit 407 site (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com July 2021)

When will Buc-ee’s in Sevierville TN open?

One glaring detail left out of the press release was the question on everyone’s mind: When will it open?

At the time of this writing, unfortunately, no official opening date has been projected.

But it’s safe to say that it will be a while as they’ve only just begun clearing the land this summer.

Why Sevierville, TN?

For Buc-ee’s officials, it’s the perfect spot to build their Taj Mahal of travel plazas. But don’t take my word for it, just ask Stan Beard, Director of Real Estate for Buc-ee’s.

“It is not a coincidence that we chose The 407 as our first big store location outside of Texas. We will be the proverbial ‘welcome sign’ at the front door of the exceptional travel experience that the Smoky Mountains, Sevierville and Sevier County has to offer. You won’t forget your first visit to Buc-ee’s and it won’t be your last!” the exclamation point enthusiast said.

“We are thrilled to share our over-the-top customer experience and be a pivotal part of the Kituwah and EBCI vision for the Gateway to Adventure.”

Are you excited about Buc-ee’s coming to Sevierville? Let us know in the comments below!  

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23 thoughts on “Buc-ee’s Sevierville TN opening date: Massive travel center coming soon”

  1. Yes very excited.
    I live in Sevierville and happy to see the development but only real concern is handling the amount of traffic.

  2. I live in Kodak TN, my biggest concern is also the amount of Traffic, its already difficult w/ Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg existing traffic. I am hoping Bru cee’s is making their own entrance & exit off of Interstate 40. Long enough away from Sevier entrance to Rt. 66. So it doesn’t back up even more than it does already.

  3. My husband and I left Texas to retire in Sevier County, and I’ve had Buc-ee’s withdrawals for 2 years now. I am SO looking forward to this little bit of Texas coming to Tennessee! If you’ve never been, you don’t understand. You will soon.🤗

  4. Can’t wait. Was in Buc-ee’s in Daytona beach Florida. Wow it’s awesome!
    Hurry I’ll be a regular customer coming from Knoxville,Tn.

  5. I sincerely hope some sort of recognition or tribute is offered to the American Indians whose land this was.

  6. I would like to work there I’m retiring in Alabama and moving there my daughter lives there off the parkway I am a widow and want to be close to my daughter..I will work fulltime if needed ..

  7. Hopefully this one will have truck parking (18 wheeler) that would be awesome

  8. Love Buc-ee’s and am eagerly awaiting their opening!!! Bring on the chocolate chip cookies!!!!🍪🍪🍪

  9. Can’t wait i experienced my first in Texas and can’t wait to visit another closer to home

  10. Traffic and noise from the go carts may lower property values. Do they ever ask neighboring property owner’s opinion. Wouldn’t matter anyway, the county is just interested in tax revenue. It would happen no matter anyway…

  11. We don’t need anymore tourists the smokies have been ruined already just bringing more sickness to our beautiful area its already so congested out there like somebody said I hope they have their own entrance and exit because as it is you can’t get anywhere good luck everybody I’ll stay on my side of the Smokies

  12. I love Buc’ees! But I hate that intersection! It is awful right now, even before construction. I can’t even imagine what it will be once Buc’ees opens!

  13. As long as they are going to have a “golf experience”, they should buy River Islands. Just like they have Sequoyah National on the reservation.

  14. The brisket is great at Buc ees. Burritos and roasted nuts.. pork bar bq sandwiches. So many different drink choices and coffees and teas. Not to mention cute t shirts and other clothing. And your mama’s bathroom was never cleaner!

  15. Super excited! There in nothing like Bucees.. this will be amazing for the area and the folks who need great quality jobs and tourists who already come all over the USA to this area.. can’t wait u guys!!

  16. I can’t wait I’ve been to them and they are the nicest places to stop food bathrooms maculate

  17. From what I have heard, they don’t support or welcome trucking professionals as guest but rely on them to bring products, food and gas. Something to think about as a consumer.

  18. I stopped at my first Buc-ees today odd I-75 in south Georgia. Amazing! I’m slender but really appreciate toilet stalls large enough for plus sized ladies! I’m adding every southern Buck-ees to my saved list on Garmin.

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