Make no mistake about the signage now up along Hwy. 6 across Schiller Dr. from the Aldi near Westpark: the travel stop it’s announcing is Nebraska-born Bucky’s — not the Texan Buc-ee’s. Construction vehicles are now pushing dirt around west of the Highway 6 RV Resort where the new complex plans to go.
Last year, Buc-ee’s filed a lawsuit against Bucky’s to stop the transplant from moving ahead with plans to build at least 6 new Houston-area locations. One Bucky’s is now open on NASA Pkwy. in Nassau Bay, but besides that, all other operational Bucky’ses are currently out of state: in Omaha, St. Louis, and the Chicago area.
Across the street, Twistee Treat Westpark is flanked by Golden Corral and a Take 5 Oil Change, and backed up by a Palace Inn:
This latest lawsuit broke the 8-year truce the 2 highway-side retailers upheld after earlier litigation in which the plaintiff and defendant were swapped: Bucky’s sued Buc-ee’s, claiming that the Texas chain’s name was too close to its own. The 2 eventually agreed that their market areas were far enough apart that customers wouldn’t get confused, and the matter was dropped. When the new Bucky’s is built, however, it’ll be around 12 miles from the nearest Buc-ee’s in Richmond and just under 13 from the one in Katy (recently honored with a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest car wash).
- Buc-ee’s sues Bucky’s for trying to expand into Texas [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Longest Car Wash in the World, Just Off the Katy Freeway
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