A bulldozer spreads dirt earlier this month at the future site of Buc-ee’s at the intersection of north Loop 363 and Interstate 35 in Temple.

Josh Quinn

TEMPLE — Construction for the Temple Buc-ee’s is going strong, according to the service station chain’s corporate offices.

“We recently started construction and it normally takes about 10 months to build one of our stores,” Buc-ee’s general counsel Jeff Nadalo said. “The Temple store should open sometime in the second quarter of 2015.”

The 60,000-square-foot travel center will be located at the southeast corner of north Loop 363 and Interstate 35.

It will be the Texas chain’s 30th store, and the first located north of Austin.

The 17-acre facility will cost $16 million to construct. To help offset the costs, the Temple Economic Development Corp. provided Buc-ee’s with a one-time grant of $500,000.

As further incentive, the Temple City Council agreed to a plan that allows Buc-ee’s to keep 75 percent of the stores’s sales tax revenue during the first 10 years in business.

The development of the store was approved by the Temple City Council in April 2013.

Arch “Beaver” Aplin, founder and CEO, said at that time the business will provide 150 jobs and the starting salary for most employees will be $11.50.

Nadalo estimated that after construction is complete, it will take about two months to staff and prepare the store.

“We’ll be reaching out to the community looking for talented potential employees,” Nadalo said.

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