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Buc-ee’s to test waters in Corinth

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

Developers to give presentation tonight

CORINTH — Developers of a possible 20-acre project that could include more than 1 acre of retail space and 96 gas pumps will take questions from city officials during a special joint meeting of the Corinth City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission tonight at Corinth City Hall.

Developers of the Buc-ee’s travel center will give a presentation to city officials and residents to explain and outline their project.

The group is eyeing about 20 acres along the west side of Interstate 35E and South Corinth Street, near the Corinth Police Department.

Buc-ee’s, which has its headquarters in Lake Jackson, has been described as the world’s largest convenience store.

The project proposed for Corinth would be among its largest stores, which, according to the company website, include 60 gasoline pumps as well as “80 soda dispensers, 31 cash registers, 23 flavors of fudge and entire aisles devoted to varieties of popcorn and beef jerky.”

The developers first contacted the city about six weeks ago, according to City Manager Rick Chaffin.

“But they could have been looking at the area for much longer than that,” Chaffin said.

The joint meeting was requested by the developers, so that they can decide whether they want to move forward with submitting the project, he said.

“They have not submitted any materials or proposals,” Chaffin said. “This meeting is for the developers to determine whether they think we’re a fit and for the council to ask questions.”

Chaffin said no action will be taken in the meeting by the council or the Planning and Zoning Commission. He added that he believes if the developers decide to move forward, they would work quickly.

“They haven’t given any indication that they would move slowly,” he said.

He said construction is expected to take about nine months, and he doesn’t believe the upcoming construction on I-35E will affect the Buc-ee’s construction.

The Texas Department of Transportation has begun its expansion of I-35E. The project runs about 30 miles from U.S. Highway 380 in Denton to Interstate 635 in Dallas County, through eight cities, including Corinth.

“I don’t think the construction will affect Buc-ee’s, but we haven’t had those specific conversations, yet,” Chaffin said. “I imagine those are some of the questions that will come up in the meeting.”

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. today in Corinth City Hall, 3300 Corinth Parkway.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.