Buc-ee’s has caused a stir in some quarters. Usually, however, because of the delicious food and clean restrooms, not because they cause trouble.
But in 2019, the beaver-loving franchise was in the middle of a strange legal battle. What illegal acts could they have committed?
Today, we take a look at why Buc-ee’s was accused of breaking the law. Let’s dive in.
What is Buc-ee’s?
Buc-ee’s is a Texas-based grocery franchise company. The empire was founded in 1982 in Lake Jackson, Texas, and has expanded to more than 40 locations throughout the Southeast. You can find locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Through their lovable mascot and exceptional customer service, they have built a relatively loyal following. Whether you’re traveling in a large RV or a compact car, a stop at Buc-ee’s is well worth it.
There’s no shortage of gas pumps, restrooms or snack options. All Buc-ee’s locations have the same look and feel, combining a large gift store with a truck stop.
Since there is so much to see and consider, don’t be in a hurry when you visit. Plan on spending more time and money than you might expect.
Why was Buc-ee’s sued?
Buc-ee’s opened its first Alabama location in early 2019 and almost immediately faced legal trouble. In a lawsuit filed by Oasis Travel Center LLC, Buc-ee’s was accused of violating the Alabama Motor Fuel Marketing Act passed in 1984.
The act requires oil companies to sell gasoline to the public at least at the cost of purchase and transportation to the retailer. Oasis Travel Center LLC alleges that Buc-ee’s sold gasoline at an unreasonably low price when it opened its location.
On January 21, 2019, Buc-ee’s was selling gasoline for $1.80 per gallon, while the average price in the area was closer to $2.00. Area retailers were upset that Buc-ee’s was stealing their business and negatively impacting their bottom line.