WESTAMPTON, N.J. — Wawa Inc. officially opened its first drive-thru convenience store on Dec. 18 in Westampton, N.J. The store has a traditional, full-service format with fuel, equipped with a two-lane drive-thru.
The store, which employs 80 people, also features separate order points with digital menu boards including a QR scan menu option and one point of pay and pickup window.
With operating hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the service can accommodate 19 cars in line for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers can order Wawa food in a new bundled offer such as a Breakfast Sizzli and Coffee for $4.29 to a lunch combo of a cold or hot Shorti Hoagie with seven options, chips or hot side of mac and cheese, soup or fries and a large soft drink starting at $7.99 or a Build Your Own Dinner Combo of pasta with protein and vegetables or bowls ranging from $6.99 to $8.99. Specialty beverages, iced coffee, salads and Kids Meals are also available, along with the newest menu item of burgers and fries, starting at 11 a.m. Burgers are available in-store at 4 p.m.
“Wawa continues to test new store concepts with this latest drive-thru format, providing an opportunity for our customers to experience and enjoy their favorite Wawa products while remaining inside their car,” said Terri Micklin, director of construction. “Wawa is committed to increasing convenience and providing new options for service while keeping safety and comfort top of mind. Wawa hopes to learn from the layout, workflow and traffic flow at this location, as it continues to explore alternatives for longer term application to stores post-COVID-19.”
In addition to this drive-thru, Wawa is set to open its first standalone drive-thru on Jan. 8 in Morrisville, Pa. The company will continue to evaluate both formats—traditional store with drive-thru service and a drive-thru-only format—and gather feedback from customers and associates.
The Westampton grand opening featured a socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the store with local officials, community members and store associates, followed by an official debut of the drive-thru window with Wally Goose filling customer orders.
As part of the celebration, the Wawa, Pa.-based retailer presented a check to Check Out Hunger from an in-store UPC scan campaign with customer contributions of $260,000 donated to support hunger relief efforts, plus an additional $50,000 contribution made by The Wawa Foundation to provide assistance to Feeding America Food Bank affiliates to provide support to local communities before the holidays. To commemorate the opening, customers who visit the drive-thru on opening weekend received a limited-edition “Wawa Drive-Thru” keepsake ornament on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies lasted.
Wawa operates approximately 900 c-stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C.