The United States is home to 49 states and territories, but none of them have Wawa locations. Wawa Stores, a chain of more than 950 convenience retail stores (more than 750 offering gasoline), are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D. C. The stores offer a wide selection of fresh food services, including Wawa's own brand of iced tea, soft drinks, orange juice and milk.
Customers can also find breakfast items, chips, sandwiches, cold cuts, snacks, salads and wraps. Wawa was founded by George Wood in 1902 as a dairy farm. His grandson Grahame expanded the business into convenience stores in the 1960s. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Wawa launched a non-profit organization to donate money to social causes such as autism awareness and hunger relief.
What makes Wawa so special? It's not just the quality of their products or the convenience of their locations. It's also the ability to order sandwiches at the touch of a button and specialty drinks that make Wawa stand out from its competitors. In Pennsylvania alone, there is one Wawa location for every 88,752 people. That accounts for approximately 24% of the total number of Wawa locations in the United States.
In New Jersey, there is one location for every 52,040 people (25% of the total). And in Florida, there is one location for every 32,298 people (28% of the total). When East Coasters talk about road trips, they often mention Wawa with absolute adoration. It's no wonder why – Wawa has become an iconic symbol of convenience and quality on the East Coast.