This page covers Highway 71 from FM 214 to Tahitian Drive, covering most of Bastrop County and Bastrop itself, continuing from this page. Highway 71 continues all the way toward Interstate 10 but that won't be covered, at least not for the foreseeable future. It would be a big undertaking, that's for sure! This is the "main drag" of Bastrop featuring most of its commercial base.
Version 3.0 of this page updates Burleson Crossing (adding Lowe's) and Burger King/Denny's. It adds Chili's, Panda Express, The Home Depot, Texas Boot Company, Chevron, Pizza Hut, River Basin RV Resort, and L&S Mart. It also fixes an error regarding sections (said Hasler, meant Childers) and adds information in relation to that. Version 3.1 fixes the color, adds a link to Highway 21 East (via TX-150), fixes Burleson Crossing's link (oops!), and adds Wendy's, as well as a backlink to Ben White (or, Highway 71 in Travis County).
Chevron/McDonald's / 2850 Highway 71
This combo gas station/McDonald's opened in the mid-2000s (evidence suggests the McDonald's side opened first in 2004, followed by the gas station in very early 2005).
Valero / 1525 Highway 71 West
While this was probably a Diamond Shamrock prior to the mid-2000s, this Valero featured Sac-N-Pac when it opened in 2000. When it came to converting to Stripes, Sac-N-Pac dragged its feet (still a SnP as of December 2017, long after the others had converted) but eventually did convert in 2018. It was presumably slated to become a 7-Eleven after 2018 when Stripes was sold to 7-Eleven, but by January 2022, however, it had disconnected from Stripes/7-Eleven and had become a generic "Food mart".
Valero / 1481 State Hwy. 71
This opened as Corner Store Market (Corner Store's expanded store format, with a different logo) and was a Valero but de-emphasized (the Corner Store logo was on the canopy, and the canopy was green and white). It opened in November 2016 but by fall 2018 it was a Circle K, with more emphasis on the Valero branding.
Exxon / 1273 Highway 71 West
This was in fact built as a Buc-ee's and operated as such from 1998 to 2000 (Buc-ee's #11) when the convenience store was still small and using other gas brands. It hasn't been a Buc-ee's in over two decades but it's still an Exxon.
Jack in the Box / 111 Highway 21 West
Jack in the Box #925 was opened in summer 2001 (after the demise of Buc-ee's across the street) and served as Bastrop's only Jack in the Box for nearly a decade.
Chili's / 734 State Hwy. 71
This Chili's restaurant opened in summer 2002 (see the link in the Home Depot entry below).
Panda Express / 728 State Highway 71 West
The pad site next to Chili's and in front of The Home Depot was built and opened as a Panda Express in early 2011.
The Home Depot / 525 State Highway 71 West
A bit about The Home Depot when it opened back in 2002 can be seen here on BastropTexas.net.
Texas Boot Company / 733 Old Austin Hwy.
This building was formerly 735 Old Austin Highway and was built in 1988 for Griesenbeck's, a local furniture store. Here's an advertisement for their out of business sale when it closed in 2007. From what I can tell, "Sears Authorized Dealer Store" opened in 2005 (Bastrop had a smaller catalog store that disappeared in the early 1990s when the catalog went away) in suite "B" of 735 suggests that perhaps Griesenbeck's downscaled prior to its closure. Texas Boot Company opened in late 2010 to replace Griesnbeck's (renumbered to 733), and Sears closed several years later (sometime in the late 2010s). The Authorized Dealer Stores became Sears Hometown shortly after it opened, but it never had this on signage.
Southside Market & Barbeque / 534 Highway 71
Based out of Elgin and bragging to be the oldest continuously operated barbecue restuarant anywhere (1882), the Bastrop location was Southside's first branch location and opened in November 2014. Chevron / 516 State Hwy. 71
Opened in December 1993 (per filings, though probably opened in 1/94), this Chevron's big sign can be seen from off the main highway, almost as if they had the foresight to realize that the divided highway it opened off of would be a freeway eventually, and within a decade, it was.
Wendy's / 514 Highway 71 West
For some reason, I remembered the Wendy's in Bastrop having a salad bar, one of the first and last I saw to do so. But Wendy's began phasing out salad bars in late 1997 through 1998; however, the Wendy's opened around 1996-1997 and did have a salad bar, just before it was phased out.
H-E-B Plus / 104 North Hasler Blvd.
The de facto supermarket in Bastrop. I remember when this was first built back in 2003, with the new H-E-B directly next to the old one it had replaced across from Hasler. The old H-E-B (see "First National Bank of Brenham" below) was 50,000 square feet, which seemed to me a modest size, at least according to the ones I had visited in Waco. The frontage of the new H-E-B (which opened in May 2003) was similar, but it was much deeper, clocking in at 90,000 square feet. In November 2014 it finished an expansion, rebranding it as an H-E-B Plus (at about 119,000 square feet).
501 Highway 71 West
This building houses both a First National Bank of Brenham branch (the headquarters is described below) and a Starbucks (opened March 30 2007). The building appears to have been expanded in 2007 to add the Starbucks (suite B). It doesn't appear that the Starbucks connects to the bank on the inside.
Prosperity Bank / 499 State Hwy. 71 West
Surprisingly, the original H-E-B did appear to have gas pumps even in the late 1990s, and after H-E-B left, this was torn down for Lost Pines Bank, which had an old location behind 501 Hwy. 71 West and was torn down for the H-E-B in 2003. The new location was acquired by Franklin Bank in 2004 and by 2008 (the year that Franklin Bank, among others, failed), had dropped the Lost Pines Bank name entirely. Prosperity Bancshares purchased the defunct Franklin soon after and by 2009 was operating as Prosperity Bank.
First National Bank of Brenham / 489 State Hwy. 71 West
After H-E-B's closure, the building was divided in half. Bealls renovated the right half of it (see next entry) while the left half had the front of the building ripped out for construction of a two-story building constructed in front of it. The rest of the old H-E-B (one floor, obviously) extends beyond the narrow two-story section.
Planet Fitness / 487 State Highway 71 West
Planet Fitness opened not too long after Bealls' demise in 2020, but the Bealls opened sometime around in late 2005 (or very early 2006) according to this page, and took up half of the old H-E-B that was here (and taking its address). Bealls has had a presence in Bastrop since 1997.
Schlotzsky's / 492 Highway 71 West
Schlotzsky's Deli (as it was known back then) opened in 1997 as part of the construction around the new Wal-Mart Supercenter. In the late 2010s, Schlotzsky's would attempt to rebrand as Schlotzsky's Austin Eatery, but while the Bastrop location got one of the first re-dos under that theming, the chain backed off on full rebranding. Despite this, the Schlotzsky's still features the "Schlotzsky's Austin Eatery" brand.
490B Highway 71 West
Sadly, while we do have a page for the old Payless, it's all night shots. It too opened in 1997 and closed in early 2019 when the chain went under.
Walmart / 488 Highway 71 West
Walmart moved here to a new "Wal-Mart Supercenter" in February 1997 from its old ten-year-old space about where Tractor Supply Company is today. From its construction to 2011, it had a McDonald's inside which co-existed with the store nearby.
Whataburger / 401 State Hwy. 71 West
It appears the original address was 419 State Hwy. 71 West before it was renumbered, but the Whataburger here has existed at this location since 1992.
Burger King / Denny's / 300 Highway 71 West
A most curious hybrid opened in early 2018. The Burger King and Denny's here are linked together by an interior hallway (the restrooms are Denny's, they have longer hours), though they have separate dining rooms, kitchen, and staff. The previous building here (before it was Burger King) held a restaurant called China Chef (1991-2014).
Pizza Hut / 107 State Hwy 71 West
The de facto pizza delivery chain in Bastrop from opening in 1975 to 2004 (when Domino's opened), this Pizza Hut is still here in its original building (with modifications). It received a black repaint in the late 2000s.
Tropicana Motel / 105 Hwy. 71 West
This simple motel has been here since 1975 (at least) and for years maintained an outdoor swimming pool. Sometime between November 2019 and March 2021 it was demolished and replaced with a basketball court.
Texas Grill Center / 103 Hwy. 71 West
Featuring the same name and logo of the restaurant next door, this was originally an Exxon from the mid-1980s to 2013. After it closed, it reopened in 2015 as Lock Drug Health Mart, a drug store/pharmacy which had relocated from downtown. It tore down the canopy and the pumps but reused the sign structures. By 2019, Lock Drug Health Mart was closed, with the former signage now for the restaurant next door and marketed as a strip mall.
Texas Grill Restaurant / 101 Highway 71 West
"Texas Grill #2" has been here since the mid-1970s. At the Colorado River, the road changes to Highway 71 West and changes numbering again.
River Basin RV Resort / 98 State Hwy. 71
This used to be known as the Bastrop River RV Park when it was built in the early 2000s and served under the KOA brand (Kampgrounds of America) from around 2014 to 2021 ("Bastrop/Colorado River KOA").
L&S Mart / 908 College Street
With a Conoco sign crudely painted over with "GAS" (the Conoco sign is one of the types where it isn't flat letters), this has been in operation since 2007, replacing C&G Grocery. Both stores have/had a liquor store component (at 908 College). If L&S Mart ended the Conoco brand, then it stopped being a Conoco in 2007.
Jack in the Box / 1641 Highway 71 East
Jack in the Box opened in 2010 (with the new logo obviously).
Buc-ee's / 1700 Highway 71 East
At the northeast corner of Highway 95 (aka Highway 21 as it routes off of 71) is Buc-ee's. Buc-ee's #28 opened its giant gas station and convenience store in May 2012. It has a Highway 71 East address but faces Highway 95. In fact, it doesn't have a Highway 71 entrance, only a right-in, right-out access, and even that wasn't direct, it connected to Pitt Street behind the store. This was true before and after the overpass at 95/21 was built.
QuikTrip / 305 Jackson Street
On the other side of Highway 95 is QuikTrip #4128. It isn't as busy or as large as Buc-ee's, but still draws a loyal following. It opened in November 2020.
Exxon / 4104 State Hwy. 71
In 1991, an Exxon/Tiger Tote was built and around 2013 rebuilt (with the convenience store, still called Tiger Tote legally, was now branding as "The Tote"). In 2015, Tiger Tote's parent company, Cinco J Inc., was sold to Alimentation Couche-Tard (Circle K's parent company), resulting in the stores rebranded to Circle K in 2016.