Wawa Celebrates 54 Years With Free Coffee

Convenience retailer celebrates its founding and The Wawa Foundation achieves its goal of donating $50 million.

April 10, 2018

WAWA, Pa. – Wawa Inc. announced that in honor of its 54th anniversary in convenience retailing, this year’s Wawa Day will be held on Thursday April 12, and Wawa will celebrate the occasion by offering customers free coffee. Throughout the day, Wawa expects to give away 2 million free cups of any-size coffee to customers at its more than 790 stores across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C.

In April of 1964, Wawa entered the retail business when it opened its first convenience store. In April of 2014, Wawa celebrated its 50th anniversary in convenience retailing and marked the milestone with the first Wawa Day event and the launch of The Wawa Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization founded to encompass most of Wawa's charitable giving.

At its inception, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation set a goal to donate $50 million to causes supporting health, hunger and everyday heroes by 2018. During its 2018 Wawa Day celebration, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are pleased to announce that they have met this goal as of early 2018, and over the past four years have donated $50 million to causes surrounding health, hunger and heroes throughout Wawa’s operating area.

“Wawa Day is a great day for us to all pause and thank the millions of customers we’ve served over the past 54 years who have made us an integral part of the communities we serve,” said Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens. “This year’s Wawa Day is particularly special because we are also celebrating that, in just over four years, through Wawa and The Wawa Foundation, we have supported thousands of non-profit organizations and achieved our goal of donating $50 million by 2018.”

In addition to giving away an expected 2 million free cups of coffee to customers chain-wide, Wawa will be celebrating the millions of moments that happen at Wawa with in-store digital tributes featuring photos that embody the unique relationship between Wawa associates and customers.