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Wawa Starts Building Its First Ohio Store

11 locations to open in 2025, up to 10 more locations to open in the next 8 years
Wawa in Ohio
Photograph courtesy of Wawa

Wawa broke ground on its first convenience store in Ohio, located at 5308 Fields Ertel Road in Cincinnati.

  • Wawa is No. 10 on CSP’s 2024 Top 40 Update to the 2023 Top 202 ranking of U.S. c-store chains by store count. Watch for the full 2024 Top 202 ranking in the June issue of CSP magazine and in CSP Daily News.

In 2025, Wawa plans to open 11 stores in Ohio, and over the next 5-8 years, the convenience-store chain plans to build and open six to 10 stores per year in Ohio, with plans to open up to 60 stores in the state.

Wawa, Wawa, Pennsylvania, currently has more than 20 sites under contract across Ohio counties. Those sites are going through the local land development and permitting processes and include locations in the counties of Allen, Butler, Clermont, Greene, Hamilton, Miami, Montgomery and Warren. In addition, Wawa plans to break ground on its first store in the Dayton, Ohio, market this summer with the date and location to be announced soon.

To build each store, Wawa will invest more than $7.5 million and employ, on average, 140 contractors and local partners. Once open, each store will employ an average of 35 associates, with Wawa expecting to create 2,500 new jobs as a result of expansion in Ohio.

“We are excited to begin construction on our stores in Ohio as we get closer to bringing the unique Wawa experience to new customers in more markets,” said Joe Collins, director of store operations for Wawa. “We look forward to continuing to spread our wings in Ohio and can’t wait to get started serving our new friends and neighbors.”

Wawa will begin construction on the following Ohio stores in 2024, with projected openings in the second quarter 2025:

  • 5308 Fields Ertel Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 7198 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Liberty Township, Ohio
  • 4577 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Ohio
  • 5248 Courseview Drive, Mason, Ohio
  • 370 Glensprings Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio


The event welcomed VIP customers, state and local officials and charity partners to mark the start of construction on Wawa’s first Ohio store. The store is projected to open in second-quarter 2025. Watch a video of the event here.

Wawa and The Wawa Foundation announced contributions to local community partners. Freestore Food Bank received a grant of $10,000 from The Wawa Foundation Fly Beyond Fund, an initiative to fight food insecurity and support programs providing nutritious food to build healthy habits and help kids thrive. The funds were part of a $1.5 million key issue grant awarded to food bank partners in Wawa’s operating area.

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