Keenan Thomas

Knoxville News Sentinel

Buc-ee’s has won the hearts of travelers all over the South. You can’t drive down Interstate 40 without seeing a billboard for the travel stop’s location in Crossville.

The biggest Buc-ee’s ever is slated to open soon in Sevierville, so visitors traveling to the Great Smoky Mountains can enjoy the popular travel center.

Here are five things you need to know about Buc-ee’s before it opens!

When does Buc-ee’s in Sevierville open?

The Sevierville Buc-ee’s is slated to open sometime from April to June of this year, Buc-ee’s director of real estate Stan Beard Jr. told Knox News.

The 170 Foretravel Drive location is located at Interstate 40 exit 407 on the way to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

If you need your Buc-ee’s fix, the Sevierville location is only a 25-minute drive from Knoxville. Once it opens, expect it to be busy, so plan for a long drive and a longer stay!

Will the Sevierville stop really be the biggest Buc-ee’s ever?

Yes, at least for a while.

Spanning 74,000 square feet, the Sevierville Buc-ee’s will be the largest when it opens but will be surpassed by the 75,000-square-foot Luling, Texas, location soon after.

What’s special about the Sevierville Buc-ee’s?

One big feature will be a car wash.

It also will include the things Buc-ee’s has become known for – fresh food, gas pumps, clean bathrooms – just in a bigger location.

This Buc-ee’s will act as the anchor for The 407: Gateway to Adventure, an upcoming entertainment development owned and operated by Kituwah LLC, which is a subsidiary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The tribe owns the land Buc-ee’s is leasing.

Is there anything else interesting coming to The 407?

Eventually, there will be lots of attractions and destinations located just behind Buc-ee’s in The 407.

The 407 will include a first-to-U.S. immersive experience from European entertainment company Puy du Fou in partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The show is inspired by the history of the Cherokee who served in World War I. 

“The 407: Gateway to Adventure will have the best, biggest and most unique new attractions that will continue to enhance this wonderful market,” CEO of OE Experiences Matthew Cross said in an email to Knox News. OE Experiences is helping to attract entertainment, food and shopping businesses for The 407.

Cross added that “2023 will be a great year for the project” as ground will break on Smoky Gap, an entertainment district within The 407 that will be located right next to Buc-ee’s.

Will there be more Buc-ee’s locations in Tennessee?

This is the only Buc-ee’s planned near Knoxville, but Beard hinted at more coming to Tennessee.

“With this location, we are pretty much at the eastern end; maybe we need to start back at the western end,” Beard said in an email to Knox News.


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