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Home Care In Mebane, NC

Home Care Mebane, NC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Mebane Historical Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Mebane, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


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“I am Very satisfied that Samantha (the owner) took fast action once our sweet Angel passed away with helping me find work with another sweet client. The staff will help to find you steady hours depending on your availability. I am blessed to be able to work for a company that will work with me & care about my needs. If a situation does come up (no company is perfect :)) Sam will work swiftly to correct any issues & that means a lot to us the caregivers moving forward within the company. I am grateful for my employment with Always Best Care.”

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“I’m thankful for Always Best Care .. I’ve met some amazing people because of them. I absolutely adore every single client I’ve cared for ???? I love the fact that the schedulers are always intuitive, helpful and super amazing ????.. and they’ve taken care of us caregivers as well. I’m a PROUD ABC CAREGIVER!!!!! ~Jessica Ramos~”

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“Always best care is the best senior care to work for. They have the best clients and staff. The staff are always calling to check in and answering calls on time. Even if I leave a voicemail they call back in a great timely manner. The schedulers are all some as well.”

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“I love working for Always Best Care! They're understanding, have a wonderful team in the office that helps make our jobs easier as caregivers! Easy to talk to and communicate. A great atmosphere, fun activities and different things throughout different times that make the work days a little more light and fun!”

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“Hi my name Amiya and I have been working for ABC for almost 4 months now. I really love this job because it’s very flexible especially since I’m a full time college student. It’s really hard to find jobs like this and if you need days they don’t mind as long your attendance isn’t bad. They are also very understanding. It’s really a great job and I love helping people.”


“ABC is a great company that cares about their employees. The pay is good and everyone in the office is extremely helpful. It’s easy to get time off, (just let them know 2 weeks ahead of time). We have monthly in-service & education is offered in person or via zoom. We are given the tools we need to succeed.”

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“I want to give a review for caregiver Tena. She is top notch for my husband and with helping me in our home. Tena goes above and beyond in all areas. She is so eager each day she’s with us and ensures my husband’s needs are met throughout the day. Tena ensures my husband gets his exercise, his meals and drink needs are met and daily walks outside. She always has supplies ready and keeps everything so clean and sanitary. Very thankful to have Tena as part of my husbands care.”


“Abigail with Always Best Care is a great community partner. She's an asset to the company and always shows up with a smile!”

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“We have used Always Best for 2 years for my Dad before he passed & now 2 years for my Mom. They are the best! Laura J. With Always Best is phenomenal. She is always pleasant & prompt. She is always willing to go a step beyond to help my Mom in every way with the best attitude!”


“I am a current client of this provider Tonya S. Is my Dad’s aide. I just cannot say enough good about her. She is very kind and caring. She has really brought my Dad out of his shell and keeps him active and involved. Tonya is a professional with a great big care givers heart. We feel very fortunate to have her. The team at ABC has been very helpful and we are very happy with our decision to use Always Best Care!!!”

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T C.

“I’m in need of a caregiver for my son and Always Best Senior Care is one of the companies that I contacted. Although they were unable to provide services to us (through no fault of their own) mallory trip time to refer us to a company, including phone number to contact for services. She was very helpful, kind, and attentive to our needs. I appreciate the time they took to assist me the best way they could.”

Lisa L.

“Caregivers (Raina & Aiyana) are very caring and helpful to my father's needs,”

Linda L.

“My husband's caregiver Taylor is so very patient with him. She does her work without supervision. We are proud to have her in our home. Sincerely, Jack & Lou”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Mebane, NC?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Mebane, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Lake Michael Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Junction on 70 or visit Lake Michael Park, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Mebane, NC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Mebane, NC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Mebane, NC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Mebane Ridge Assisted Living
  • Scott Ralph Group Home
  • Compass Healthcare and Rehab Hawfields
  • Atlantic Life Transitions
  • Sheridanville
  • Carlene Woods
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Mebane, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in Mebane, NC

Buc-ee’s will open first NC location in Mebane

After a marathon meeting that ran into the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, the Mebane city council voted unanimously to approve rezoning and a special use permit for the popular travel center Buc-ee’s.The new location will be at 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road. It will boast a 75,000 square-foot size with 120 gas pumps and 600 parking spots on a 32-acre plot of land.The city council’s approval was in opposition to a vote by the county plannin...

After a marathon meeting that ran into the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, the Mebane city council voted unanimously to approve rezoning and a special use permit for the popular travel center Buc-ee’s.

The new location will be at 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road. It will boast a 75,000 square-foot size with 120 gas pumps and 600 parking spots on a 32-acre plot of land.

The city council’s approval was in opposition to a vote by the county planning board to deny recommending the project.

Buc-ee’s is a popular travel destination in many other states, known for their assortment of food items including favorites like banana pudding, beef jerky, corn snacks known as beaver nuggets, and fudge. The brand also boasts of having the cleanest restrooms in the business.

At the meeting, staff for the city of Mebane estimated the new Buc-ee’s would employ a minimum of 225 full-time workers at an average compensation of $45,600 a year. The average total payroll is $9 million a year.

Buc-ee’s will invest $60 to $70 million to build the store, with annual taxable sales of $30 million as a conservative estimate. No incentives from the city or county have been involved.

Currently, the closest Buc-ee’s locations to North Carolina are located in Florence, South Carolina, and in Kodak, Tennessee.

Mebane residents voiced both support and opposition during a public hearing that lasted eight hours earlier this week.

Opponents were concerned that Buc-ee’s arrival would leave a negative environmental imprint on the region. Others worried that it would present new traffic challenges for Mebane.

“We will be looking at traffic like the Saturday before Christmas at Tanger Outlets every day of the week,” said resident Janet Eckelberger. She added that it would “endanger” the mental health of Mebane residents due to the traffic congestion.

“Your decision tonight will affect future generations — your children, your grandchildren, and people that we haven’t even thought about,” said resident Loraine Wartz. “So, please, do not make this decision lightly, and do not make it the bottom dollar as your decision. This corporation came here for one purpose, one purpose alone: They came for their almighty dollar. They do not care for Mebane. They don’t care for our quality of life. They don’t care for us as people. They care for what monies they’re bringing home to corporate.”

Supporters noted that Buc-ee’s would support the local economy and would take advantage of its proximity off the interstate.

“All things considered, [Buc-ee’s] provides a wonderful way to tap into the current amount of traffic already coming through Mebane on the I-85/I-40 corridor,” said resident Jim Shaw.

“Vote ‘yeah’ for beaver nuggets,” concluded resident Robbie Sealy.

Buc-ee's is coming to NC, city council approves 75,000 square-foot station in Mebane

Buc-ee's is coming to Mebane.After an 8-hour city council meeting Monday night, the council voted unanimously to approve the rezoning and special use permit to build North Carolina's first Buc-ee's.The gas station will be at 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road near Interstate 85 and Interstate 40. Currently, the closest Buc-ee’s to the Triangle is in Florence, South Carolina.The decision goes against what the county planning board recommended. ...

Buc-ee's is coming to Mebane.

After an 8-hour city council meeting Monday night, the council voted unanimously to approve the rezoning and special use permit to build North Carolina's first Buc-ee's.

The gas station will be at 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road near Interstate 85 and Interstate 40. Currently, the closest Buc-ee’s to the Triangle is in Florence, South Carolina.

The decision goes against what the county planning board recommended. In December, the planning board voted to deny recommending the project.

There is no timetable for when the gas station will open or when construction will start.

'We don’t need this here in Mebane'

More than 70 Mebane residents spoke Monday during the meeting to voice their opinions about the gas station coming to North Carolina. The meeting that began at 6 p.m. Monday and didn't end until around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Representatives with Buc-ee’s spoke for hours at the meeting, sharing the impact of the 75,000 square-foot station with 120 gas pumps and 600 parking spots.

Some people in the room said they do not want the gas station to come to Mebane.

"We don't need this here in Mebane," Tyler Whitley said. "I’m here for our town because I don’t think we need 500 cars per hour bringing their exhaust, and environmental health exposures, into our city."

Ever since reports surfaced in the summer of 2023 about Buc-ee's eyeing Mebane for its first North Carolina location, it's been a frequent topic of discussion in the small town.

Some of the community's concerns include:

Many residents, however, believe the gas station would help Alamance County.

"I think it would bring a lot of revenue to Alamance County," Shawn Harris said. "I think it would bring a lot of people in, which would help other businesses as well."

Buc-ee's hits snag in plans to build in NC: Planning board votes to recommend denying rezoning

City Council Member Sean Ewing said weighing the residents' concerns is a huge undertaking.

"We need this feedback," he said. "We need to make sure we’re hearing from everyone. To see this energy [and] this passion means a lot, regardless of what side you’re on."

Buc-ee's gigantic stores are known for their chopped or sliced brisket sandwiches and homemade potato chips. There are also walls lined with jerky, taffy, gummies, Buc-ee's brand jellies, salsa and pickled vegetables and eggs and complete beverage stations -- like a coffee bar with every creamer and sweetener imaginable.

You can buy gifts, toys, T-shirts, jewelry and more, many branded with the Buc-ee's logo. Buc-ee's stores are also known for having huge, spacious and clean restrooms for travelers.

First North Carolina Buc-ee’s Gas Station Location Approved in Mebane

North Carolina has added its fair share of national businesses to its portfolio in the past few years – and last week, another joined the group just down the road from Orange County.After pulling out of its plans to build in Efland in 2021, the gas station and travel plaza chain Buc-ee’s received approval from the City of Mebane to build its first North Carolina location on January 8. The city council approved the group’s conditional zoning application 5-0, which will bring a 74,000 square foot travel center building...

North Carolina has added its fair share of national businesses to its portfolio in the past few years – and last week, another joined the group just down the road from Orange County.

After pulling out of its plans to build in Efland in 2021, the gas station and travel plaza chain Buc-ee’s received approval from the City of Mebane to build its first North Carolina location on January 8. The city council approved the group’s conditional zoning application 5-0, which will bring a 74,000 square foot travel center building and 120 gas pumps to 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road.

The 32-acre site is just ten minutes west along Interstates 40 and 85 where the Texas company had initially applied to build in Orange County in 2020. At the time, the proposal for Efland Station – which aimed to build one of the signature Buc-ee’s travel plazas and create a hub for other businesses to eventually develop – was met with a mix of skepticism and support among residents and elected officials. During the conditional zoning process, the Orange County Commissioners effectively tabled the project by asking for more conditions after three rounds of public hearings – specifically pushing for more environmental protections and more electric vehicle charging stations. Two weeks later, Buc-ee’s pulled the project, citing the county as “just not a good fit” and calling commissioners “not receptive” to their business.

The night of the Mebane City Council meeting, dozens of residents shared their feelings during public comment on the latest proposal – with the discussion extending late into the night as people both for and against the gas station chain addressed elected officials.

Ultimately, according to Mebane Public Information Officer Kelly Hunter, the council believed Buc-ee’s agreed to enough of the city’s requests.

“[The council] found the applicant met all of our needs,” she said during an interview with 97.9 The Hill, “and they have gone back to the drawing board multiple times during the TRC process – our Technical Review Committee. And they have made multiple changes to accommodate and go with Mebane’s rules and regulations.”

Neither Mebane or Alamance County offered tax breaks or financial incentives to Buc-ee’s in the final approval, according to Hunter, with the travel center company shouldering the costs of road maintenance and updates around Exit 152 off I-40.

“So, the widening of the bridge, the widening of the roads getting off I-40 and I-85… all of that will be completed before Bucee’s even opens their doors,” said Hunter. “And that will help alleviate the traffic and deal with the influx of cars coming to Mebane.”

Representatives for Buc-ee’s told Mebane officials the travel center will employ more than 220 people at a living wage while bringing in around $30 million taxable sales each year. North Carolina, Alamance County, and towns in the county will split the sales taxes, with much of it going to fund education and infrastructure needs, according to Hunter. Meanwhile, Buc-ee’s said it estimates paying more than $2 million in property taxes.

Among community member’s concerns brought during the public comment period were the general environmental impact and the risk of any spill. Hunter said Buc-ee’s representatives assured city officials over their measures to prevent and respond to any such situation – including moving the storage tanks entirely out of a flood plain and installing sensors at the tanks.

“These sensors can distinguish between groundwater and fuel, and they have three sets of sensors,” said the Mebane PIO, “so if one fails, then they have a backup to it. And that will help them monitor there [are] no leaks or anything like that, so they can catch that before any major issue would happen.

“Heaven forbid, if something were to happen,” Hunter added, “Bucee’s would be responsible for all the cleanup and all that, so none of [the city’s or residents’] money would go into that.”

Opponents of the travel center, though, contend the economic benefits may not be enough trade off for environmental changes with increased traffic. Among those who advocated against Buc-ee’s is 7 Directions of Service – an Indigenous-led environmental justice group based in the Orange and Alamance County region that are homelands to the Occaneechi-Saponi people. The group was started in opposition of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, but has since branched out into other efforts to protect Indigenous sites and more environmental causes.

Crystal Cavalier-Keck is a co-founder of the group and spoke with 97.9 The Hill about the Buc-ee’s proposal after 7 Directions of Service delivered a petition with hundreds of signatures against the application. She said one reason she was concerned about the development is its positioning to an area known in Indigenous history called The Great Trading Path.

“People [would] come up from Florida, come down from Virginia,” said Cavalier-Keck. “And a lot of people passed away on that path, so usually where people would pass away we would bury them. And also, you have to remember, there wasn’t a road there – no traffic, a lot of villages could’ve been there, possibly.

“There hasn’t been any archeological surveys done in that [area] to even look and see,” she added, “because that was all private land. So I guess [what changed was] it was up for sale.”

While Buc-ee’s will cover the road maintenance before the travel center opens, Cavalier-Keck questioned what the costs of increased traffic elsewhere around Mebane might lead to.

“The roads are already overburdened with daily traffic,” she said, “big trucks going to Lidl, Wal-Mart, Chik-Fil-A, all of those warehouse stores are already over there. Who’s going to pay for the road when it tears up? It’s going to fall on us, the taxpayers.”

Members of 7 Directions of Service spoke during the public comment period on January 8 and shared a statement after the Mebane City Council passed Buc-ee’s conditional zoning request. Jason Campos-Keck, who is Crystal’s husband and also a co-founder of the advocacy nonprofit, said he thinks residents should stay aware of other businesses following Buc-ee’s model.

“The predatory nature of this project and others like it, that invade a community from states away, with no respect or responsibility to locals, reveals itself in the division such actors create upon entering a small town, a ‘positively charming’ city such as ours,” Campos Keck wrote. “The cookie-cutter corporate division tactic has always been to frame those who are critical of their exploitative practices, as against all development. The uneducated response–from those easily manipulated–is to cheerlead all projects regardless of the harm, lack of need and integrity. All development becomes a good thing. Buc-ee’s and others like them are cunning and smart in their pursuit to exploit the innocent. Us working people must stay united, critically thinking and vigilant in the face of such abuses.”

According to the Buc-ee’s application to the City of Mebane, the travel plaza at 1425 Trollingwood-Hawfields Road could complete construction and open as early as 2025.

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‘No Buc-ee’s in Mebane’ petition calls for city leaders to reject gas station’s proposal

MEBANE, N.C. (WGHP) — The future of a proposed Buc-ee’s location in Mebane faces a deciding vote in just over one week, and petitioners hope to convince city leaders to strike down the proposition.On Jan. 8, Buc-ee’s representatives will have a chance ...

MEBANE, N.C. (WGHP) — The future of a proposed Buc-ee’s location in Mebane faces a deciding vote in just over one week, and petitioners hope to convince city leaders to strike down the proposition.

On Jan. 8, Buc-ee’s representatives will have a chance to pitch their proposed 32-acre mega-gas station to the Mebane City Council, and, while the council gets the final say, the proposal failed to earn the blessing of planning officials and some members of the community.

Mebane planning and zoning officials voted on Dec. 11, 2023, to recommend denying the proposal for the proposed 32-acre mega-gas station.

Now, 7 Directions of Service plans to deliver a petition to city hall on Wednesday with more than 1,000 signatures calling for the council to reject the plan. The organization says the petition “lays out a number of red flags and questions regarding the project’s perilous impacts to Mebane’s environmental health, community safety, traffic flow and overall quality of life.”

7 Directions of Service is a North Carolina environmental justice group that grew out of the Occaneechi-Saponi homelands. The Occaneechi tribe, based in Mebane, represents a branch of the indigenous Saponi people.

Organizers plan to hold a news conference outside Mebane City Hall after delivering the petition with speakers including leaders from 7 Directions of Service, the West End Revitalization Association and the Haw Riverkeeper.

7 Directions voices concerns

7 Directions outlined concerns about the potential for increased pressure on the Mebane sewer system, increased traffic and negative impacts to local waterways.

“The City of Mebane is already dealing with a deficit of clean water, and investing in expensive, critical infrastructure as a result,” 7 Directions says on its website. “Buc-ee’s 32.5 acre operation will only deplete our water resources further, and the costs will fall on our shoulders.”

The group adds that the area is historic and “especially significant to our Native American community members.” The location falls along the Indian Trading Path or Catawba Path, which runs along Old N.C. 10, Bowden Road and Old Hillsborough Road to the Hawfields Presbyterian Church on N.C. 119. They describe the path as “a priceless cultural and historical resource.”

Planning board votes no

The planning board based their decision on four main criteria, according to Mayor Ed Hooks. Could the proposal materially endanger the public, could it substantially injure the value of any adjoining properties, would it be in harmony with the area, and would it conform with Mebane’s land development plan?

Hooks said he thought the Buc-ee’s team made their case “very, very effectively,” but several of the planning and zoning officials voted against the proposal citing concerns about the traffic the Buc-ees would bring.

The proposed 32-acre mega-gas station would be located off Interstate 40, just one exit west of Tanger Outlets, an already popular shopping hub. The plot, which is mostly overgrown grass and trees, would transform into an immense Buc-ee’s complex large enough to fit more than 18 Sheetz stores or half a standard Walmart inside. The site would include 600 parking spaces, and officials expect it would draw around five million visitors a year.

Those numbers mean surrounding roads and on-ramps would need extensive upgrades to prepare for the influx of traffic. Hooks said the Buc-ee’s proposal includes more than 20 improvements to the interstate and nearby roads, encompassing the bridge, stoplights, turn lanes, additional lanes and longer exits and entrances to handle the backup.

“Buc-ee’s presents a major problem,” Hooks said. “They have addressed the DOT, our own traffic engineering firm, their engineering firm. They all come up with a traffic impact analysis, and the DOT makes them address those needs, and they’ve done it very well. Now, does that mean it’s going to eliminate the problem? Who knows? Only time will tell.”

Mebane named home of the first Buc-ee's in North Carolina

In a 5-0 vote, Mebane City Council has approved the decision to bring a Buc-ee's to Mebane. This will be the first Buc-ee's in the entire state.More VideosMEBANE, N.C. — A meeting that started at 6:00 p.m. Monday, ended at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning with Buc-ee's coming to North Carolina.During those 8 hours, community members expressed both their ...

In a 5-0 vote, Mebane City Council has approved the decision to bring a Buc-ee's to Mebane. This will be the first Buc-ee's in the entire state.

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MEBANE, N.C. — A meeting that started at 6:00 p.m. Monday, ended at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning with Buc-ee's coming to North Carolina.

During those 8 hours, community members expressed both their opposition and support over bringing a Buc-ee's gas station to the City of Mebane.

Mebane City Council approved bringing of Buc-ee's to the area in a 5-0 vote. This will be the first Buc-ee's in the state of North Carolina.

More specifically, Mebane City Council approved the heavy manufacturing zoning as presented and found that the application is consistent with the objectives and policies for growth and development in the city's 2017 Comprehensive Land Development Plan Mebane by Design. Specifically, the request is for a property within the City’s G-1 Industrial Growth Area.

The Council also made a vote on a special use permit to allow for a travel plaza to be built on the property, with a frontage on I-40 and 85. Mebane City Council voted 5-0 here as well.

Beyond Mebane's City Council, hundreds of people on both sides were in attendance at this meeting.

Opponents said they are worried about traffic, environmental impacts and whether Buc-ee's could take away business from other locally owned gas stations in the area.

"I think it's just going to cause me to be waiting at stop lights more and more, more than I currently do, more than I want to," Mebane resident Edward Mazurek said.

"Why does anyone need 120 gas pumps? Seriously? There are already gas stations along this highway, (I-40) so not only would it put them out of business probably, but we need clean air, clean water," Orange County resident Lib Hutchby said.

This comes after one group submitted a petition to stop the Buc-ee's:

Supporters say the mega gas station will be good for the economy. Some supporters told WFMY News 2's Nixon Norman that Buc-ee's will attract visitors and locals alike, saying the gas station is a destination of its own.

"Something's gonna go in that spot, (where Buc-ee's will go) whether it be another warehouse or another trucking hub, something is going there so why not bring something that can benefit the citizens of this county," Mebane resident, Leslie Prince said.

"I know people that have children that have specifically asked to go to a Buc-ee's just to go there because they want to see what it's like," Mebane resident Lisa Nellis said.

No word on when construction may start or when Buc-ee's is set to be complete in Mebane.


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