BRANDON, Fla. -- Wawa Inc. held the grand opening of its 100th convenience store in Florida on Nov. 4, ahead of schedule. As a part of this milestone celebration, the company is announcing the next phase in its continued expansion in markets across the state.
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To celebrate the opening of the store, located in Brandon, Fla., Wawa on Nov. 4 gave away any size coffee, all day, in all of Wawa’s stores in the Sunshine State. The free coffee serves as a “thank you” to customers and employees for the continued support that allowed Wawa to reach the milestone “significantly ahead of its initial timeline projection,” the company said.
The retailer said it plans to give away more than 70,000 cups of coffee.
In July 2012, Wawa launched in Florida, starting in Orlando, pictured above. The chain said at the time that its goal was to open 100 c-stores in the state in the next five years.
In September 2014, it opened its 50th Florida location.
And Florida was the site of another company milestone as well. In August 2015, Wawa opened its 700th c-store chainwide in Bradenton, Fla.
“We look forward to the next phase in our Florida growth and to fulfill the lives of more customers and more communities each and every day,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s president and CEO.
“We truly owe our Sunshine State expansion from a single store in 2012 to our milestone 100th location to our incredible customers, associates and the support of our communities,” he said. “So as a special thanks, we’d like to offer up a toast and free coffee to any customer who visits a Wawa Florida store on Nov. 4. We look forward to not only continuing to ingrain ourselves in Florida communities, but to fulfilling the lives of our Florida customers each and every day.”
Wawa, with headquarters in Wawa, Pa., has more than 730 convenience stores (almost 500 offering gasoline), in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh foodservice selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order specialty beverages and soups, sides and snacks.