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Wawa to Open 60 Indiana Stores in the Next 8 to 10 Years

Chain also plans for 40 Kentucky, 60 Ohio locations
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Wawa has unveiled plans for 60 stores in Indiana in the next eight to 10 years, with the first groundbreakings beginning in mid-2024.

The Wawa, Pennsylvania-based chain also just revealed plans for 40 new stores in Kentucky and 60 in Ohio.

In Indiana so far, Wawa has more than 16 sites under contract across Clark, Dearborn, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion and Wayne counties.

These projected stores are currently making their way through the permitting and approval process, and Wawa will announce specific locations and estimated timing for the first store openings in the state once these processes are complete, it said.

The first store locations are projected to open by mid-2025, with plans to open 10 locations that year, 10 additional stores in 2026 and 5 stores each year thereafter.

“We were thrilled to share our ‘flight plan’ for Indiana and reveal, for the very first time, our exciting expansion plans, renderings and more with our newest soon-to-be neighbors,” said Joe Collins, director of store operations for Wawa. “Our Community Partnership Day event also gave us the opportunity to meet new community members and talk a little bit about our history and what makes Wawa such an ideal fit for communities in this region. We can’t wait to begin putting shovels into the ground next year. As we get closer to our grand openings in 2025, we will be sharing even more details on our growth in Indiana and connecting with more customers, communities, partners and nonprofit organizations that together make this such an incredible region to be a part of.”

The Community Partnership Day, where the details were announced, officially introduced Wawa to the community and allowed Wawa leaders to connect with hundreds of new customers, as well as local officials and partners. In addition, attendees received a glimpse of new store design renderings and had the opportunity to hear about the Wawa story, Wawa’s unique offering and Wawa’s commitment to its new Midwest region communities, including new partnerships and community support of local organizations.

At the events, Wawa also encouraged customers to enjoy a taste of Wawa, including samples of freshly made hoagies, freshly brewed coffee and other handcrafted beverages as it debuted its new Wawa Community Care Beverage Vehicle. Altogether, Wawa distributed thousands of samples of Wawa strawberry smoothies and Wawa Dragon Fruit Refreshers, hundreds of cups of Wawa regular and flavored coffees and hundreds of hoagie samples.

Finally, Wawa announced contributions to four regional community partners: Riley Children’s Hospital and Gleaners Food Bank, with contributions totaling $10,000.

  • Wawa is No. 9 on CSP’s 2023 Top 202 ranking of convenience-store chains by store count.

Wawa has about 1,000 stores primarily in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C.

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