Wawa Inc. is one of the nation's most well-respected convenience-store chains, particularly when it comes to foodservice. In addition to a slew of fresh foods and beverages, Wawa sells a wide selection of private-label products, such as bagged Wawa coffees, dairy products and teas.

The chain grows almost exclusively through construction of new stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C.

In 2022, Wawa revealed plans to launch its first convenience stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, part of the chain's long-term expansion plan to fuel store growth in adjacent and new markets set to take place after 2025.

The chain also unveiled its plan to open non-traditional travel centers in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in the coming years. Travel centers will help close the gap in Wawa outposts between its Mid-Atlantic and Florida markets, according to the company.

For benchmarking purposes, store counts are as of Jan. 1, 2023.

Headquarters:Wawa, Pennsylvania
No. of Stores:988
Rank Last Year:9