Buc-ee's Sevierville is officially open and welcoming travelers and super fans to its mega gas station convenience store.
On June 26, Buc-ee's hosted its grand opening, welcoming the public starting at 6 a.m. at 170 Buc-ee's Boulevard off of Interstate 40 exit 407.
Guests bought beaver merchandise, stocked up on pounds of beef jerky and checked out the super clean bathrooms.
New to Buc-ee's? Don't get the hype? Here are all the answers to the burning questions you have about this beloved gas station.
What is Buc-ee's famous for?
How to choose!
Why is the Buc-ee's mascot a beaver?
Buc-ee's founder Arch "Beaver" Aplin III created the mascot based on his childhood nickname, inspired by old toothpaste commercials for Ipana featuring the cartoon character Bucky Beaver.
The nickname stuck with him and he incorporated it into his gas station chain.
Where is Buc-ee's headquarted?
Buc-ee's is headquartered in Lake Jackson, Texas, which is south of Houston.
Buc-ee's opened its first store in 1982 on the border of Lake Jackson and Clute, Texas.
Why are the Buc-ee's gas stations so big?
Some of the Buc-ee's stores are quite small. These smaller stores are mostly found in Buc-ee's home state of Texas, resembling a typical gas station.
However, the travel centers are where Buc-ee's gets its reputation for bigger and better.
These stores are monstrous in size. The Buc-ee's in Crossville, Tennessee, is 53,400 square feet, and the largest one so far is in New Braunfels, Texas, at over 66,000 square feet.
To put that in perspective, an American football field is 57,600 square feet!
The Sevierville location is the biggest Buc-ee's at 74,000 square feet. However, it will be surpassed by the one being built in Luling, Texas, by 1,000 square feet.
What are Buc-ee's gas prices?
Buc-ee's was once sued in Alabama for having prices that were too low.
On June 20, Buc-ee's in Crossville had gas for $2.84 a gallon for regular and $3.12 for diesel, according to user submissions on gasbuddy.com.
The average in Tennessee that day was $3.15 for regular and $3.60 for diesel, according to AAA.
Why did Buc-ee's choose Sevierville?
The reason is simple: Sevierville is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.
With Gatlinburg, Dollywood and Great Smoky Mountains National Park nearby, it's a no-brainer to put a popular gas station in the most visited area of Tennessee.
Even with fewer visitors last year, Great Smoky Mountains National Park remains the most-visited national park in thecountry.
Will Buc-ee's come to Knoxville?
Unfortunately, it seems that Buc-ee's isn't planning any new locations in East Tennessee.
"With this location, we are pretty much at the eastern end; maybe we need to start back at the western end," Buc-ee's spokesperson Stan Beard told Knox News earlier this year.
Beard said the next Buc-ee's in the state will be in Murfreesboro with construction starting soon. There's another one planned for Clarksville.
What kind of jobs can you get at Buc-ee's?
Buc-ee's is hiring for those eager to work for the beaver. The Sevierville location is hiring as of June 20 for cashier, food service associate, grocery stocker, gift/merchandise associate, restroom attendant and janitorial positions.
Full-time jobs range in pay from $17 to $20 an hour and come with medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) match and three weeks of paid time off.
There also are managerial positions at Buc-ee's, like an assistant car wash manager. If you'd like to apply, you can visit buc-ees.com/careers/ for more information.
How many Buc-ee's locations are there?
There are 58 Buc-ee's locations across Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Sevierville will be the 45th location.
Are truckers and 18-wheelers allowed at Buc-ee's?
Buc-ee's doesn't allow big 18-wheel trucks at the gas station.
"So, the way we are set up, we are set up for the family traveler," director of operations Josh Smith told Knox News. "So … we don't have the space or the capacity to hold 18-wheelers in the lot. We respect them. We thank them for what they do. Unfortunately, we're just not designed to have 18-wheeler traffic in the parking lot."
Keenan Thomas is a business growth and development reporter. Email [email protected]. Twitter @specialk2real.