Opening date for Richmond Buc-ee’s released; ‘mass hiring’ event planned
RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A new convenience store is setting up alongside I-75 in Madison County, offering a new stopping point for travelers and hundreds of jobs to the people of central Kentucky.
53,000 square feet, 120 gas pumps, and one “beloved” brisket sandwich. That’s what travel center chain Buc-ee’s will have to offer to travelers, but Richmond Mayor Robert Blythe has high hopes that it will bring much more to his city.
“I would expect exit 83 itself to just boom to an extent that people who’ve lived here in Richmond all their lives never thought possible,” Mayor Blythe said.
This Buc-ees location will be the northernmost in the chain, and the first to come to the commonwealth.
“People that start out as a cashier for us or a maintenance employee, every department, and there are general managers for us today making over $100,000 a year,” a spokesperson for Buc-ee’s said.
The spokesperson said they will have 400 job openings, with starting pay set at $15 an hour.
Blythe said Buc-ee’s intends to be a blessing to the communities it becomes part of and their workers.
“Those folks are going to find a company that cares for its people, so that’s important,” Mayor Blythe said.
Blythe noted it may cause traffic issues. But he’s hopeful some of that traffic will be coming from Buc-ee’s to support downtown Richmond and its businesses.
“Hopefully that will encourage folks to take a look at what Richmond really is, not just exit 83 and Buc-ees,” Mayor Blythe said.
Buc-ee’s will hold a hiring event during the first week of March. You can apply by going to their website.
The store is scheduled to open on April 18th.
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