Buc-ee’s aims to open world’s longest car wash in Katy

Construction on the new Buc-ee's gas station and car wash is expected to be complete by late 2017.

Construction on the new Buc-ee's gas station and car wash is expected to be complete by late 2017.

The world’s longest car wash may be coming to Katy as part of the new Buc-ee’s gas station and store expected to open in the West Ten Business Park near Cane Island later this year.


The 255-foot car wash will accompany a 56,000-foot store and about 120 gas pumps, said Jeff Nadalo, Buc-ee’s general counsel.




buccees3 by casey mitchell Buc-ee's representatives are working to obtain a Guinness World Record for the 255-foot car wash accompanying the new Katy location.[/caption]

“Katy is a great city,” Nadalo said. “The location along I-10 will compliment our other cities in Baytown and Luling that are also along the interstate.”


In March, the Katy City Council unanimously approved a resolution for the Katy Development Authority to enter an economic development agreement to bring the convenience store and gas station to the area.


“The business climate in the city of Katy has been very welcoming,” Nadalo said. “It’s important for us to partner with local officials to successfully bring a new project to a new location.”


The company is also in the process of applying for a Guinness World Record as the world’s longest car wash for the Katy car wash location, he said.


The Katy store will be the fourth Texas location with an accompanying car wash. The other three locations are in Lake Jackson, Richmond and Cypress.


The Katy store will also have a back up power generator, Nadalo said. Buc-ee’s officials were able to secure the equipment from Enchanted Rock Ltd. at a reduced cost, he said.


“The entire store and car wash will be operational in the event of power failure,” he said.


The newly constructed overpass at Cane Island Parkway and I-10 will improve access to the gas station and store, according to city officials. The grand opening for the overpass was March 22.


Construction of the car wash is expected to be complete by late 2017 while the location is set to bring about 200 jobs to the area.



MOST RECENT

Despite a challenging school year, Katy ISD volunteers were determined to stay connected, reimagine programs and support the teachers, administrators and students across the district. (Courtesy Pexels)
Katy ISD volunteer community recognizes ongoing support during challenging year

More than $80,000 for Katy ISD families was raised during the 2020-21 school year through the Food for Families program run by KISD Partners in Education—the most ever raised in a single year.

Winter Storm Uri, which blew through Texas in February, left millions of Texas residents in the dark amid freezing temperatures. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rep. Ron Reynolds calls for special legislative session to include additional response to winter storm

Though progress was made during the 87th Texas Legislative Session to help Texas better handle extreme weather disasters in the future, there is more work to be done, State Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, said June 23.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research released its 2021 State of Housing for Harris County and Houston report on June 22. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kinder Institute 2021 State of Housing report highlights rental squeeze for lower, middle-income households

As of 2019, one in every 11 renters in Harris County had an eviction notice posted to their door; one in every 25 renter households were also evicted.

The craft beer industry is growing in the Greater Houston area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Greater Houston area's craft brewery count grows 344% since 2013

According to NAI Partners, the Greater Houston area has 71 craft breweries.

The Barker Reservoir watershed encompasses the area that drains into Barker Reservoir. This reservoir, together with Addicks Reservoir, was created as part of a federal project to control flooding on Buffalo Bayou and protect downtown Houston. (Courtesy Harris County Flood Control District)
FEMA awards $9.8M to Harris County Flood Control District to restore Barker Reservoir watershed

The funding is aimed at restoring water channels, including Mason Creek and Upper Buffalo Bayou, to pre-Hurricane Harvey levels of conveyance by removing sand and sediment buildup caused by the storm, officials said.

Snappy's Cafe & Grill is open for breakfast and lunch. It serves a variety of American staples, such as sandwiches and omelets. (Community Impact/Laura Aebi)
Snappy's Cafe & Grill in Katy gets new owner

The first time Anna Liu stepped foot into Katy’s Snappy’s Cafe & Grill last winter, she said she had a good feeling. The Houston resident took over ownership of the diner June 1.

Counties can use the American Rescue Plan Act funds for several purposes, including responding to the public health emergency and its negative economic effects by providing assistance to households, small businesses, nonprofits or industries hit particularly hard by the pandemic. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Fort Bend County leaders talk American Rescue Plan Act funding

Fort Bend County commissioners on June 22 approved an amended budget for $157.42 million in American Rescue Plan Act coronavirus relief funds, despite some disagreement from the court.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session will begin July 8. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces special legislative session to start July 8

Agenda items will be announced before the session begins, according to a release from the governor's office.

DD’s Discounts will be opening its first location in Katy on June 26. (Courtesy Pexels)
DD's Discounts to open first Katy location

DD’s Discounts offers a variety of household, clothing and accessories at discounted prices.

The first Fort Bend Seniors congregate center reopened June 7. (Courtesy Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels)
Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels begins reopening community centers after 15-month COVID-19 closure

Fort Bend Seniors' congregate centers offer a range of activities and provide much-needed socialization and a hot meal to participants.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Hospital system reports 2.2% positivity rate, down 13% year to date

COVID-19 patient numbers at medical center hospitals are down to 309 from the over 2,000 patients those same hospitals were housing in January.