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Wawa Is Nashville Bound

Retailer’s first Music City c-store slated for 2025, with goal of 40
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WAWA, Pa. — Wawa Inc. plans to expand its footprint into the Nashville, Tenn., market, the company has revealed. The chain will open its first Nashville store in 2025, the convenience retailer said, with the potential for up to 40 stores in the market in the future.

The move into Tennessee is in addition to continued growth throughout its current and adjacent markets including the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama and North Carolina, said Wawa.

In April, Wawa announced plans to expand its footprint into the Florida Panhandle and adjacent markets in southern Alabama over the next few years, the beginning of a new period of aggressive expansion with a goal of essentially doubling the chain’s store count.

“We’re thrilled to continue our growth in new markets to provide quality fresh food, beverages and support to new friends and neighbors,” said John Poplawski, vice president of real estate for Wawa. “We are excited to expand beyond our current operating area and look forward to serving the community come 2025 and beyond.”

Wawa is actively seeking Nashville site suggestions.

The Wawa, Pa.-based company is set to open 54 new stores in existing markets in 2022, it said. Additionally, Wawa has plans to enter new, adjacent markets in the next few years.

  • Wawa is No. 9 on CSP’s 2022 Top 40 Update to the 2021 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. Watch for the full 2022 Top 202 ranking in the June issue of CSP magazine and in CSP Daily News.

Wawa, a privately held company, operates more than 965 convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. They offer a large fresh foodservice selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

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