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June 08, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Buc-ee’s Co-Founder donates $50 million to Texas A&M for immersive learning lab

They do things big in Texas and at Buc-ee’s, the convenience chain opening its largest facility yet at Exit 407 of Interstate 40.

Last week, Texas A&M University announced that former student Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, one of its most successful entrepreneurs and Co-Founder of Buc-ee’s, is contributing $50 million toward establishing an academic center that will serve as an immersive learning laboratory for students.

Named appropriately enough the Aplin Center, the new facility will offer a transformational student experience through new university programs in hospitality, retail studies and food product development involving innovative degree programs including viticulture, fermentation processes, coffee, and food science. The facility also will house product development laboratories and food tasting centers which can be utilized in partnership with related industries.

Click here to read the news release announcing the gift and plans.

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