Bathrooms, beef jerky...and fruit?

02/01/2013 04:21:00 PM
Pamela Riemenschneider

Buc-ee’s is the stuff of road trip legends where I live.

Imagine 60,000-square-feet of snacks, slushies and Texas kitsch. That was my first impression when I stopped at the company’s newest location in Bastrop on a recent trip from Austin to Houston.

What was most surprising, though, was the sizable — and prominent — produce department. When I say it was front and center, I mean you had to walk through it to get to the bathroom. That’s kind of a big deal because the restrooms are why most people stop at a place like Buc-ee’s. A trip to their website will show you how proud they are of their “Cleanest Bathrooms in America.”

There were grapefruits, which are to be expected at any self-respecting Texas establishment this time of year, potatoes, onions, avocados, oranges and tomatoes merchandised in bins you’d see at a typical supermarket.

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There also were freshly prepared salads, fruit and yogurt parfaits, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and overwrapped trays of corn.

Everything looked fresh and plentiful. There were more avocados on display than at a typical small grocery store. See the photos from my visit in our cover story on alternative retailers.

I would definitely get some fresh produce with my gasoline some time if this store was in my neighborhood.


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