PHILADELPHIA—In December 2018, Wawa opened the largest, fanciest Wawa in the world. The debut of the downtown Philadelphia flagship location even prompted the entire city to celebrate Wawa Week.
Now, Wawa has opened its smallest store in Philadelphia, making this the ninth location in Center City. Wawa first announced the store in April 2019. Philadelphia Magazine reports that at its opening last Friday, the first 100 customers received a free t-shirt, and everyone got free coffee.
The 3,000 square-foot store mimics grab-and-go spots (think train stations and airport spots) in a “Ready to Run” case, full of salads, wraps and parfaits. Wawa plans on releasing some products available at its flagship store, like “upscale” hot tea and cold-pressed juices. There is also a “Test Nest” that includes more environmentally-friendly versions of items such as lids, straws, bags and stirrers. For those who are in tune with the Wawa app, there is a walk-up window where you can pick up an order you’ve placed ahead of time, a first of its kind for the city.
The Philly Voice reports that the grand opening featured a hoagie building competition between members of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia Fire Department. The winners and runners-up received $1,000 checks that they will donate to a charity of their choice.