New Braunfels Buc-ee's being dethroned as 'largest gas station in the world,' inspiring TikTok tribute

Buc-ee - The Buc-ee's in New Braunfels will soon no longer be the largest gas station in the world. - Photo via Instagram / bucees
The Buc-ee's in New Braunfels will soon no longer be the largest gas station in the world.
Photo via Instagram / bucees

The beloved and colossal Buc-ee's stores are proof that everything is, in fact, bigger in Texas.

But, the self-described World's Largest Convenience Store — the 64,000 square foot Buc-ee's off of Interstate 35 in New Braunfels — will soon be dethroned by a new and even bigger Buc-ee's in Tennessee, according to WYMT-TV in that state. 

The new location in the town of Sevierville — 30 miles east of Knoxville — will be 7,000 square feet larger than the New Braunfels location. Mark Hubble, CEO of the Native American-owned developer in charge of the project, told the TV station he hopes the new Buc-ee's will serve as the one-stop-shop for those exploring the Smoky Mountains.

“Our goal is to be the first stop on everyone's Smokey Mountain adventure,” Hubble said. “Buc-ee's is the perfect partner to ensure we give our customers a great beginning and ending to their family vacation.”

But, not everyone is happy about the new, bigger Buc-ee's — including the city of New Braunfels. The city posted a tribute to the Soon-to-Be Second-Largest Convenience Store in the world on TikTok to the tune of "Enchanted" by Taylor Swift, adding #pleasedontbeinlovewithsomeoneelse.

@cityofnewbraunfels We’re not going to have the world’s largest gas station anymore! 😭 #buccees #newbraunfelstexas #newbraunfels #pleasedontbeinlovewithsomeoneelse #dontleaveme #bucceestexas #abcdef ♬ Enchanted Taylor Swift - Kaylen

Luckily, the new Tennessee location has yet to announce an opening date, so there's still time to sit in traffic on I-35 and experience the Largest Convenience Store in the World. Enjoy the bragging rights while you can.

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Michael Karlis

Michael Karlis is a Staff Writer at the San Antonio Current. He is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., whose work has been featured in Salon, Alternet, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, Orlando Weekly, NewsBreak, 420 Magazine and Mexico Travel Today. He reports primarily on breaking news, politics...

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