WAWA, Pa. — Wawa Inc., with more than 900 convenience stores, plans to continue its expansion with 61 new convenience stores in 2021, it said, and the chain is continuing to provide customers with new options for access, such as delivery, curbside pickup, mobile ordering and drive-thrus. As it grows, to staff its existing stores, Wawa has launched its first hiring campaign of the year with the goal of hiring 5,000 new associates during the next three months. The campaign will span the spring season and last through Memorial Day weekend.
The new positions are the result of seasonal and store growth across Wawa’s operating area and will aim to fill both store-level customer-service, supervisory and management-level positions. The large-scale hiring effort furthers Wawa’s overall commitment to provide job opportunities in local communities that can lead to lasting careers in a trusted, growing company, which welcomes diverse backgrounds and experiences, it said.
The Wawa, Pa.-based company operates more than 680 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region—including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C.—and 210 stores in Florida. It employs more than 37,000 associates.
“At Wawa, we have made a commitment to providing needed products and services, and our associates have enabled us to play an essential role in our communities during the past year. As we continue to grow our stores, services and product offer, we are thrilled to announce a number of new jobs and advancement opportunities for our associates,” said Stephanie Capaccio, director of people team operations. “Anyone who visits Wawa knows that it’s our incredible associates who drive our business and make Wawa so special.”
Wawa associates hired in full- and part-time positions receive competitive salaries, flexible schedules and, when eligible, health benefits and tuition reimbursement opportunities, the company said. In addition, all Wawa associates receive a free hot or cold Shorti Hoagie per shift and can order off of a discounted associate menu.
Wawa is also offering a $75 incentive for associates who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
New hires in certain positions will be offered a bonus of $125 starting April 1, 2021, and ending June 15, 2021. The bonus will be paid after an associate’s 90th day of employment. Also, more than 80% of open job opportunities are filled internally by promoting Wawa associates through the store leadership structure.
Those associates who stay with Wawa longer term will share directly in our growth through Wawa’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The ESOP is a way Wawa helps associates prepare for their future and for retirement. It provides the ESOP at no cost and is in addition to other core benefits including a 401k match. Wawa is almost 40% owned by associates through the ESOP, it said. Nearly half the ESOP is owned by store-level associates and store management. With more than 20,000 participants, Wawa’s ESOP ranks as one of the top 10 largest ESOPs in the country, the company said.