C-Stores Meet Success

7-Eleven wins private brand awards from PLMA, while Wawa opens 200th store.

October 21, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience stores 7-Eleven and Wawa both experienced a few “wins” last week within the retail industry. Wawa opened its 200th store, and 7-Eleven was honored with three major awards.

Three 7-Eleven private brand items took 2019 “Salute to Excellence” awards from the Private Label Manufacturers Association. The 7-Eleven winners include:

  • 7-Select Gourmet Snack Trio–Genoa Salami, Provolone Cheese & Olives/Category: Deli/Prepared Foods/Meal Kits
  • 7-Select French Macarons–Vanilla & Raspberry/Category: Cookies & Crackers
  • 7-Select Fresa Paleta–Strawberry Fruit & Cream Frozen Bar/Category: Mexican/Latin American Foods

"With PLMA's record number of entries, competition was tougher than ever, but the 7-Eleven private brands team was up to the task, continuing to raise the bar, both in quality and innovation," said Tim Cogil, 7-Eleven senior director of private brands. "The diversity of our products that received awards shows that our customers can expect the very best whenever they see the 7-Select brand. I would put them up against any other retail or national brands."

Meanwhile, the Naples Daily News reported that Wawa’s 200th location has opened Florida. To celebrate, the store debuted the $2 Wawa Florida Sunrise beverage. For the rest of the month, the new beverage will raise money for the Feeding Florida food bank network that includes the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

In addition, the Wawa Foundation awarded three $25,000 grants to Florida entities. Each of the three entities focus on the areas of health, hunger and "everyday heroes" including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals state affiliates, USO Chapters in Florida and Feeding Florida food bank network. This news comes after Wawa’s founding family was honored for philanthropy last week at the 2019 Carousel Ball by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Most celebrated among customers, the 200th store set a $2 price per gallon on gas for a few days, which is nearly two quarters less than anywhere else in the area.