Visit Clarksville, a division of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council, said in a news release this week that residents will enjoy more dining, shopping, live music events, lodging options, and features at new and existing attractions in 2023. can be expected. The news release included the upcoming opening of Buc-ee’s Travel Center at Exit 1 of Interstate 24 northeast of Clarksville.
Buc-ee’s is a chain of super-large country stores and gas stations. Buc-ee’s was founded by Arch “Beaver” Aplin in 1982 and later partnered with Don Wasek to expand the business. Currently, the company has bases all over the country, and more bases are in the works.
Buc-ee’s Travel Center in New Braunfels, Texas currently holds the world record for not only the largest convenience store, but also the largest car wash. The 66,335-square-foot store has about 60 gas pumps and his 1,000 parking spaces outside.
Clarksville Now reached out to EDC for details of the development, but officials said they could not share confirmation. Clarksville Now also reached out to Buc-ee headquarters.
Other new projects coming to Clarksville in 2023 include:
- A 1950s-era burger joint, fine Italian restaurant, and rooftop bar with 360-degree views, all in one downtown building, Shelby’s Trio opens in February.
- Housed in a boutique of the same name in the booming Misato area, Three Daughter’s Café is expected to open earlier this year.
- A 450-gallon, grant-funded aquarium opens in April at Rotary Park’s Wade Bourne Nature Center.
- Dunbar Cave State Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary with special summer activities.
- The Tennessee Wings of Liberty Museum will break ground in May. A three-year construction project, in 2025 he will finish with 33 acres of landscaping. The museum represents and honors the legacy of service and sacrifice of all Americans who served in the division based at Fort Campbell.
- The F&M Bank Arena opens mid-year and offers concerts, hockey and events for all ages. The arena also serves as his court, the new home of Austin Pea State University men’s and women’s basketball in the fall.
- The Doubletree Hotel and the complex across from the arena will begin construction in late summer.
- Two parking lots will open downtown by the end of the year. One by the Doubletree project and one by the Roxy Regional Theater.
- The Greenway Trail System Bridge over the Red River will open by the end of the year, connecting Greenway and the Cumberland Riverwalk.
Theresa Harrington, Executive Director of Visit Clarksville, said the new tourism project will help introduce Clarksville to a wider audience.
Harrington said in a news release: “We were always promoting a small slice of a few things, and now that pie is getting bigger and bigger as we continue to develop more and different kinds of activities and experiences. This gives more people the opportunity to spend more money from more places.”
Increase in Clarksville Tourism
Visitor spending in Montgomery County in 2021 totaled $340.5 million, just below 2019’s record-breaking pre-COVID travel revenues, actually back to 97%, the release said. says.
“We are very happy with how the hotel and motel sales tax has gone in 2022,” Harrington said. “While the state’s actual spending data won’t be reported until August or September, community leaders and private companies have invested in this community in significant ways over the past few years. We truly look forward to benefiting from its vision and leadership and seeing more travel dollars spent here.”
Staff at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clarksville said they look forward to all the developments in 2023.
“With the availability of new venues such as the Downtown Arena and the planned athletic complex near Exit 8, we hope to see more events happening across the region,” said Roy, Director of Sales. The feeling said in the release. “More events will not only impact the region, but will enhance opportunities for already established small and large local businesses, as well as vendors such as hotels and food trucks.”
Kyle Luther, market president of Traditions First Bank and chairman of the board of Visit Clarksville, said he is particularly excited about this new area.
“We are excited to open the arena and see how it will affect the growth and revitalization of downtown Clarksville,” he said in a release. We have seen positive growth and development in , and we look forward to seeing the results over the next two to three years.”