Soon D.C. will have its first Wawa location as the popular convenience store is planning to open new stores in the region in the coming months.
The Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain best known for their sandwiches has planned to open as many as ten new Wawa stores in the Washington D.C. area over the course of the next two years. The company’s CEO Chris Gheysens, also has indicated that the company also has plans to open as many as 50 new stores in the mid-Atlantic region within five years. Wawa does not yet have a D.C. location, however the company revealed plans last month that the first D.C. store will open by the end of the year on 1111 19th street Northwest within the central business district of the city.The 19th street location will be the biggest Wawa location thus far; the new store will be constructed in a nine thousand square foot space. The location will also have a different feel, as the shop will have an outdoor seating area that none of the chain’s other locations presently have. The company’s first stores opened in Pennsylvania and since has expanded to the Washington area, this year the company is opening one store every week. Meanwhile an Arlington location may be coming soon. 81 of the company’s 750 locations are in Virginia and while the company has many locations in the country that have gas stations, Wawa is focusing more on expanding non-gas locations in urban areas such as Arlington, Crystal City, and Pentagon City. Currently Wawa has stores in locations in Florida, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and in each of the six states the company’s locations are widely popular and doing well. Wawa is a convenience store that offers custom made to order breakfast and sub sandwiches, a variety of different types of fresh coffee and snacks and other food and drink items typical of convenience stores such as 7-11 (but way way better if you ask a Pennsylvanian). With the latest announcement of the first D.C. location, company executives also said that more location announcements are coming in the next few months.