Winner of America's Best Restroom Contest Announced
Americans have voted the New Braunfels' Buc-ee's washroom as America's best. This branch of the Texas convenience store chain is said to "have a bathroom as big as Texas and some of the most spotless loos in the Lone Star State, making this pit stop perfect for any road warrior and fit for a king." And with 83 toilets to choose from, guests even get their very own throne.
"Buc-ee's brand of convenience stores knows firsthand that clean bathrooms mean big business," Cintas' Market Development Representative, Gary Gonzaba told onlookers as he presented Buc-ee's co-owner, Arch 'Beaver' Aplin, with the top honor earlier this week. His colleague John Engel, Cintas' Senior Marketing Manager, added:
"At the core, this contest is intended to recognize public restroom facilities that 'serve' local citizens, and Buc-ee's is the essence of hospitality when you consider it's an easily accessible, family friendly, well-maintained, convenient and free facility."
Buc-ee's was a fan favorite in Cintas' annual contest, beating out the other top nine contenders to take the crown in this year's competition - the 11th in the series. America voted Arizona's Liberty Market the No. 2 place to go, No. 1 Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago took third, California's Hollywood Bowl followed close in fourth-place and Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia came fifth.
Buc-ee's and Liberty Market will receive the coveted America's Best Restroom winner and runner-up plaque of recognition from Cintas and secure their place in the America's Best Restroom Hall of Fame.
Buc-ee's 68,000-square-foot service stop plays host to thousands of vehicles a day with passengers filling up on fuel, grabbing food and using the facilities.
"We invite everyone to stop in to try out our award winning restrooms," said Buc-ee's co-owner, Beaver Aplin. "Maybe Buc-ee's will be our city's new claim to fame, the 'Taj Ma-Stall' of Texas ... a tourist attraction in and of itself," he said jokingly.
The 2012 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, hotels, concert venues, football stadiums, night clubs and museums. Ten finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.
Click here for photos of this winning restroom, as well as 2012 top nominees.