Have you ever tried a “Beaver Nugget”? Don’t flinch, it’s delicious and it’s only found at Buc-ee’s, a Texas tradition for any road trip. Founded in 1982 by Don Wasek and Arch “Beaver” Aplin III… hence the beaver mascot… Buc-ee’s has 37 locations all in the Lone Star State.
I’ve been a fan since my first visit, wandering the aisles with a dazed look on my face, trying to comprehend the vastness of the Buc-ee’s food and snack choices. I’m not alone.
Priya Krishna from Bon Appetit Magazine wrote, “Ask any Texas chef about the one must-stop spot on a road trip, and the response won’t involve an obscure taco stand or a legendary barbecue joint. Most likely, you’ll be pointed to Buc-ee’s.”
How do you find one? Well, the plethora of billboards leading up to one from miles away would be your first clue. But that beaver head held up on a giant pole, lit up for everyone to see is what should encourage you to turn the wheel of your Infiniti into the parking lot and go inside.
Listen to me: pace yourself. Don’t fall prey to jamming a couple of Beaver Nuggets bags (caramel-coated corn snacks) and jerky into your basket and heading for the door. Because you’ll miss the handmade fudge that comes in so many flavors you might get dizzy trying to make the best selection. Want a fresh kolache? I like the raspberry with creme cheese. How about a brisket sandwich? They’re delicious. Guzzle down sweet tea? Don’t mind if I do! And, just when you feel a little uncomfortable, head for the cleanest award-winning restrooms on the road. Seriously, they have commercials that focus on those restrooms.
I have filled the back seat of my QX60 with bags of jerky. Keep in mind that I had no idea that Elk jerky existed before I went to Buc-ee’s. Now, I know it’s amazing. Pecan Logs, the “Fudge of the Month” as well as Beaver Bites have provided miles of snack happiness for myself and my kids. My wife does her best to ignore this fixation and I’m 100% that she hides the junk-food treasures I bring home as soon as she’s able. That’s all right because I’ve managed to bring home the mugs and cups bearing that Beaver face and even a pin. And, don’t get me started on the crazy Texas decorations and clothing that range from scorpion paper weights to slippers emblazoned with Texas Longhorns.
“Even if I don’t need to stop, I find myself wanting to stop at Buc-ee’s,” Texan chef Tim Love told Bon Appétit. “When a new Buc-ee’s opens, it’s like a new roller-coaster ride. You just want to go in and see it. You don’t want to be left out.”
Truth be told, I’m happy to support an organization that treats their employees so well. Buc-ee’s version of the minimum wage: cashiers, $12 to $14 an hour; food-service and car-wash help, $13 to $15 an hour; team leaders, $14 to $17 an hour; assistant, $17 an hour and up. Each job came with three weeks paid time off each year, which employees are welcome to use, roll over, or exchange for cash. If you want 40 hours a week, there’s 40 hours a week to be had; if you want more than 40 hours a week, that can happen, too. That’s an organization that understands that when you treat people fairly and truly value their time and expertise… you’ll have the best team.
At Grubbs Infiniti, we respect that ideal and do the same. We may not sell Beaver Nuggets, but we have created a wonderful environment that puts people at ease and makes them feel welcome and at home. Our cafe is stocked with snacks and catered lunches, comfortable areas to enjoy the free wi-fi and catch up on work or a good book. And, of course, our amazing team always puts the customer first in everything we do and we value each and every person who is part of the Grubbs family. Many of the Grubbs Infiniti staff members have been with my family for 10-15 years and I know that many of them look for that Buc-ee’s sign when they’re on the road. That’s because we’re real Texans and we love things that are big, bold and fun. So come let us put you behind the wheel of an Infiniti and then plan your next adventure. Just make sure you leave some time for Bucc-ee’s.
See you on the road.