Fuel prices have gone up since we took this 2014 photo. But Fuel City maintains it's still one of the less expensive gas stations in town.

Fuel prices have gone up since we took this 2014 photo. But Fuel City maintains it's still one of the less expensive gas stations in town.

Andy Jacobsohn

Fuel City is expanding to Fort Worth, dfw.com reports.

This camel lives at the Fuel City in Dallas. 

This camel lives at the Fuel City in Dallas. 

Rex C. Curry

The original gas station opened in Dallas in 1999. The odd, alluring place has a swimming pool, a field of longhorns and exotic animals, a beer cave, a car wash and an esteemed taco shop.

"People think, 'Oh it's a convenience store,'" owner John Benda told me in 2012. Those who have visited the Dallas store situated on nearly 8 acres at a corner of interstates 35E and 30 know there's a lot more to do than buy gas there.

According to dfw.com, the Fuel City planned for Fort Worth is a $10 million job and will span 8.5 acres, similar in size to the Dallas one. It'll be open 24 hours a day and will also have a taco shop.

Benda told dfw.com he hopes it opens in summer 2016. Another Fuel City is already open in Lufkin and one in Mesquite is expected to open this year

In the past several years, large-sized gas stations have been popping up all over Texas. Buc-ee's, for instance, is another convenience store that prides itself on clean bathrooms and a fun atmosphere where folks are encouraged to shop -- in a gas station! -- instead making a quick stop.

At Fuel City Dallas, patrons can join in on karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights. No word yet on whether the Fort Worth gas station will be a place for late-night songs.

If you go to Fuel City Dallas, grab some elotes while you wait for tacos.

If you go to Fuel City Dallas, grab some elotes while you wait for tacos.

Ben Torres
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