Not all ad­ja­cent busi­ness suf­fer­ing

Buc-ee’s

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - Con­tin­ued from B Con­tact Gary Dinges at 9125987. Twit­ter: @gdinges

in the Wall Street Jour­nal and on the ABC net­work’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Busi­ness so far has been brisk at the Bas­trop Buc-ee’s, district man­ager Bill Pi­tocco said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the re­cep­tion the great city of Bas­trop has given us and are thank­ful for all the sup­port we are get­ting from loyal Bucee’s cus­tomers – and all of our new cus­tomers, too,” Pi­tocco said. “Our em­ploy­ees feed off of that sup­port and in turn we think our cus­tomers feed off of our en­thu­si­asm for them. We feel good about the fu­ture and look for­ward to grow­ing to­gether.”

The news isn’t bad for all ad­ja­cent restau­rants and stores, though. Sev­eral new busi­nesses have al­ready sprung up ad­ja­cent to Buc-ee’s, in­clud­ing Su­per Donut and a Sub­way sand­wich shop in a re­cently built strip mall across the street. A sil­ver buyer is on the way and a meat mar­ket is also un­der con­struc­tion nearby.

At Koketa’s Sa­lon, which is in the same shop­ping cen­ter as Bas­trop Cor­ner, owner Esper­anza Dominguez is all smiles. The beauty shop has been open about 18 months, she said.

“Buc-ee’s is so big,” she said. “There’s a lot more traf­fic around here now – and that means more cus­tomers for us.”

DEB­O­RAH CAN­NON / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

The new Buc-ee’s in Bas­trop boasts 655 park­ing spa­ces and 48 fu­el­ing sta­tions. The chain is per­haps best known for its clean re­strooms.

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