RUSTON, Louisiana — Mayor Ronnie Walker and the city of Ruston jointly announced Monday that Buc-ee’s will locate its newest travel center in Ruston.
This will be the first Buc-ees in the state of Louisiana and will have a major economic impact on Ruston and northern Louisiana, officials said in a press release.
Buc-ee’s, a Texas-based company, was founded in 1982 and has since become a popular stop for many travelers. Buc-ee’s is known for its clean restrooms, countless gas stations and endless selection of snacks, making it the perfect place to stop on any trip.
The Ruston Visitor Center will cover more than 53,000 square feet, install 120 gas stations and create at least 200 full-time jobs. Starting wages will start at $16 an hour with full benefits including health insurance, three weeks of paid vacation, and 401-K benefits when agreed with the company. The company is investing more than $50 million in capital expenditures into the project.
“This is a huge project. We are so grateful that Buc-ee’s chose to locate its first statewide travel center here in Ruston. The capital investment is huge, and the more than 200 jobs created are extraordinary for the people of Ruston. We are excited to welcome Buc-ee to our community and look forward to their success. This project has been in development for several years and would not have been possible without our amazing City Council members. I would also like to thank the Lincoln County School Board, the Lincoln County Police Jury, and the Lincoln County Sheriff for their cooperation on this project,” Walker said.
“This is a huge win for Ruston and all of Northern Louisiana. We’re thrilled that Buc-ee saw the potential in our city, and we’re thrilled that they’ve found Louisiana’s first Buc-ee here in Ruston. The economic impact of this development is significant and the community will continue to benefit for many years to come. I am happy to see the additional development and indirect economic impact that this project will bring. Our community is well-prepared for future growth and success,” said Jade West, director of economic development at Ruston.
The visitor center will be located at the Tarbutton Road exit, directly across from Ruston High School. Construction of the Buc-ee facility is scheduled to begin in late 2023 and be fully operational by 2025.
“The City of Ruston has worked hard to bring this new asset to Northern Louisiana,” said North Louisiana Economic Partnership President and CEO Justin Dixon. “NLEP thanks Mayor Walker for letting us help them make this exciting project happen.”