Wawa has 840 stores in six states and the District of Columbia, including 236 stores in Pennsylvania; 251 in New Jersey; 96 in Delaware, Maryland and Washington; 87 in Virginia.
Wawaoperates stores on the east side of Pennsylvania and none are located west of the Susquehanna River. A wawa store arrives at a retail and residential development in Mount Joy Township, just east of Elizabethtown in Lancaster County. The convenience store retailer announced that it plans to expand its presence in the Florida Panhandle and adjacent markets in South Alabama in the coming years.
The official move is the beginning of a new period of aggressive expansion with the aim of doubling the number of stores in the chain. In addition, the chain has plans to enter new adjacent markets in the coming years. Wawa plans to nearly double its number of stores by 2030 to approximately 1,800 locations, CEO Chris Gheysens also told the Philadelphia Business Journal. Wawa “will fill the Virginia-Florida market along the I-95 corridor throughout the decade,” Gheysens told the newspaper, “characterizing the plan as “the most aggressive growth in the chain's history, saying the expansion will include “traditional neighborhood stores” and “non-traditional rest stop.”.
style formats in both existing and new markets. Some of the new locations will include drive-thrus, a format that Wawa began testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest from CSP, sent directly to your inbox. Top 202 Details The Convenience Store Industry's Largest Chains and Last Year's Biggest M&A Stories.
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As the convenience retailer increases its number of stores in Florida, it also seeks to increase its number of employees. Wawa recently announced a hiring campaign to add 1,000 new associates across Florida over the next three months, as previously reported by Convenience Store News. Wawa is also hosting contracting events as it prepares to open its first convenience stores in Miami. The retailer began construction of three Miami stores in October.
Company spokeswoman Lori Bruce said the company expects to operate a total of 50 stores in South Florida in the coming years. However, despite the expansion in Florida, Wawa is not neglecting its home state. The convenience retailer recently opened its largest store to date, located in Philadelphia's historic Independence Mall, on the corner of 6th Street and Chestnut Street, in December and began a larger hiring campaign to fill more than 4,000 positions in the next three months. Currently, there are 17 Wawa locations in Lancaster and Berks Counties.
Because the company is a private company, Wawa ensures an independent assessment of the value of its shares at regular intervals to ensure that the ESOP is fairly maintained. There are 7 states and territories in the United States with Wawa locations. “We couldn't be more excited to bring Wawa's unique brand and offering to these new markets in the near future,” said John Poplawski, vice president of real estate, Wawa. One location per 32,298 people, accounting for approximately 28% of the total number of Wawa locations.
The Philadelphia-based suburban convenience store chain, known for its sandwiches, coffee and breakfast sandwiches, announced June 23 that it will expand closer to the center of the state. Since then, Wawa has expanded rapidly across the state and will open its 250th store in Florida later this year. Altoona-based Sheetz and Wawa have been building stores along Lancaster and Berks County borders. Although Wawa is a family business, Wawa associates own approximately 50% of the company, more than 40% of which is owned through the company's employee stock ownership program.
Open before and after traditional supermarkets, they carried other food and drinks besides milk, as well as other items from the Wawa dairy. The chain's name comes from the site of the company's first dairy plant and corporate headquarters in the Wawa, Pennsylvania area. Wawa “will fill the Virginia-Florida market along the I-95 corridor throughout the decade,” Gheysens told the newspaper,. .