If you're not familiar with the Philadelphia-based gas station chain, you will be soon: Last year, Wawa announced plans to open up to 50 stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties over the next five years.
On Wednesday, July 13, groundbreaking celebrations took place at not one, but two future South Florida locations: Federal Highway and Sample Road in Pompano Beach and Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach.
Among the first
Further south, future
In Pompano Beach Wednesday, with shovels in hand, several members of Wawa shared their opening plans, opening schedule, and long-term growth strategy for the South Florida community.
"We are thrilled to officially break ground on our first South Florida store and look forward to growing and bringing the Wawa experience to this market," said Chris Gheysens, Wawa
Wawa is probably one of the only convenience stores on the planet with a cult following. According to Forbes, the store brings in an estimated $9 billion in revenue from fewer than 650 stores in six states, and the official Wawa account has over 1.3 million fans on Facebook, nearly 60,000 Instagram followers, and more than 160,000 Twitter followers. Founded in 1964, the Pennsylvania-based company is best known for its made-to-order hoagies, freshly prepared foods, coffee, and beverages.
Never been to Wawa before? Here's what you'll be making a 2 a.m. pit stop for in a few months:
No, not subs. Hoagies — AKA the best sandwiches, like, ever. The full menu of hoagie sandwiches is without a doubt Wawa's most popular menu item. Why? The dough is from Philadelphia's
2. Hot & Cold Prepared Food
Sure, you might not think of convenience stores as a place to find fresh food that's actually worth eating, but Wawa will surprise you. In addition to its made-to-order hoagies, Wawa offers literally dozens of other freshly prepared menu items, from soups and salads to snacks like giant soft pretzels, Buffalo chicken bites, and hot dogs. There are even comfort food favorites like macaroni and cheese (which you should seriously consider customizing) and even burrito bowls made with rice, black beans, and salsa topped with chicken or beef.