WAWA, Pa.—The Wawa convenience chain is preparing to open its first drive-thru in a store being planned for Westampton, New Jersey, northeast of Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.
When completed later this year, the store’s drive-thru will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and feature a limited menu of items, including coffee, Sizzlis, built-to-order hoagies, soups, sides and smoothies.
The drive-thru service is part of Wawa’s efforts to provide alternative ways to access merchandise amid the coronavirus pandemic. If it proves a hit with customers, there could be more like it in the chain’s future.
“Wawa continues to test new store concepts with the latest being drive-thru, providing an opportunity for our customers to still experience and enjoy their favorite Wawa products while remaining inside their vehicle,” Terri Micklin, head of construction for Wawa, told CBS3 Philly. “Steps such are these are critical in providing new ways to access Wawa, increase convenience and provide new options for service.”
The Wawa chain includes more than 850 convenience retail stores (more than 600 sell gasoline) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C.
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