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Wawa Expands Into Miami

Retailer will continue its push further south in the Sunshine State

WAWA, Pa. -- During a special media preview on July 27 to announce the opening of two convenience stores in Broward County in Florida, Wawa Regional Real Estate Manager Ron Brill revealed the chain's plans to expand into Miami-Dade County, continuing its push further south in the Sunshine State.

The two newly opened Broward County stores, in Davie and Pompano Beach, are Wawa’s southernmost locations, the company said.

Brill said the company expects to open its first three Miami-area Wawa stores in second-quarter 2018, according to a report by the Miami New Times.

Engineers have already targeted three sites and are looking for additional areas to explore across the county, he said. The company could open as many as 50 Wawa stores in Miami-Dade, with as many as 100 new stores set to debut across South Florida in the coming years.

Wawa opened its first Sunshine State location in July 2012. It celebrated the opening of its 100th store in Florida in late 2016.

Since then, it has opened more than 115 stores in Florida and throughout 2017, it plans to open 11 stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties and another 10 to 12 in 2018. Within the next five years, Wawa plans to make the South Florida region of Palm Beach and Broward counties home to 50 new Wawa stores. Wawa will also continue to open stores statewide, including 30 new Florida stores in 2017, and 25 to 30 Florida stores per year for the next several years

Although Brill did not reveal the locations of the Miami-area sites, the newspaper said the first Miami-Dade Wawa will likely be in North Miami Beach, citing a filing with Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer that shows plans for a gas station with a 6,600-square-foot store that includes restaurant facilities. The chain will partner with Krispy Kreme, replacing the current Krispy Kreme bake shop on the property, and will also use an adjacent piece of land, said the report.

Based in Wawa, Pa., Wawa has more than 750 c-stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.

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