Southern Thing Column

Musings from a first-time visitor to Texas’ Buc-ee’s, the world’s largest convenience store

If you missed last week’s column on It’s a Southern Thing (, you can read it by clicking here. Below are the first paragraphs.

I just made my first real road trip through a small part of the Lone Star state, after years of only seeing it from the windows of the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. I’ve always wanted to go so when I had the opportunity to drive to Fort Worth with Sweetums for a business trip recently, I started making my list of must-see oddities along the way, such as a haunted hotel where Bonnie and Clyde stayed, the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the World’s Largest Honky Tonk, Kilgore’s World’s Richest Acre – and, of course, Buc-ee’s. We have a Buc-ee’s in Alabama now, the first one ever opened outside of Texas, but it’s about a five-hour’s drive from my house.

For those who haven’t heard of Buc-ee’s, it made my list of weird places because it is billed as the World’s Largest Convenience Store and the Katy, Texas, location also holds a Guinness World Record title for World’s Longest Car Wash, at 255 feet, which to me sounds more like an amusement park ride. Buc-ee’s is also self-styled as a gas-dination so it was just the kind of place a Weird News Reporter needed to stop. Click here to read the full column.

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