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Wawa Opens Its First Drive-Thru-Only C-Store

New prototype also offers curbside pickup service
Photograph courtesy of Wawa

MORRISVILLE, Pa. — On the heels of opening its first convenience-store featuring drive-thru service, Wawa Inc. has officially debuted its first standalone drive-thru.

The Wawa, Pa.-based retailer opened its first location with a drive-thru on Dec. 18 in Westampton, N.J. The store has a traditional, full-service format with fuel, and is also equipped with a two-lane drive-thru.

The architectural design of the new, 1,800-square-foot drive-thru-only retail outlet in Morrisville, Pa., is based on key Wawa brand elements such as the trademarked canopy, while the offer is focused on fresh food in a drive-thru and curbside pickup experience. With operating hours of 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the store’s team can serve 12 cars at a time for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Customers can order new bundled offers such as a Breakfast Sizzli and Coffee for $4.29, 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. A limited selection of packaged products includes doughnuts, pretzels and Wawa Iced tea.

The store will employ approximately 30 associates.

“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 provide 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.”

On Jan. 8, Wawa held a drive-in celebration outside of the store with brief remarks by Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens, Falls Township officials and members of the community, followed by the driving of Wawa’s 1918 antique milk truck through the drive-thru to signify the company’s evolution from its proud dairy farm roots of delivering milk to its latest prototype of providing convenience in a new way.

As part of the ceremony, Wawa toast its longstanding partners at Special Olympics Pennsylvania with a handcrafted Gold Medal Hot Chocolate, a specialty beverage exclusively available from Jam. 8 through Jan.15 available only at the new location, with a portion of proceeds of the Gold Medal Hot Chocolate, up to $5,000, benefiting local athletes. Wawa will also present $1,000 each to community charities selected by the Falls Township Police Department and Falls Township Fire Company, along with a donated lunch as part of the chain’s Hoagies for Heroes initiative that honors local heroes.

*Wawa is No. 10 onCSP’s 2020 Top 2020 ranking of c-store chains by size.

Wawa operates approximately 900 c-stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C.

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