SPRINGFIELD, N.J.—The popular convenience store chain Wawa recently celebrated two milestones. The first of which happened in Springfield, N.J., where Wawa Inc. opened its 900th store.
“At Wawa, our core purpose is to go beyond filling orders to fulfill lives, every day, and that has never been stronger than now [as] our 900 stores unite together to provide support in the form of food, fuel, food donations, funds and the one-of-a-kind Wawa experience that delivers care and hope no matter the circumstances,” said Chris Gheysens, president/CEO, in a press release. “As a new store opens, we will continue to provide comfort and a sense of normalcy in the safest way possible, while listening to what our friends and neighbors need most throughout these challenging times.”
Wawa also launched its Lending a Helping Hoagie initiative, which will donate $1,000 from the new store’s first week of sales to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey to relieve hunger in the immediate area, demonstrating its commitment to serving others in need.
Meanwhile, in Florida, Wawa opened the first of its planned Gainesville stores, the Gainesville Sun reports. The grand opening celebrations adhered to COVID-19 restrictions, including a socially distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony. As part of its Lending a Helping Hoagie initiative, Wawa also will donate $1,000 from the store’s first week of sales to Bread of the Mighty Food bank to benefit the local community.
At both locations, Wawa held virtual opening day celebrations with videos and customers sharing Wawa experiences online. The Gainesville and Springfield locations also gave away limited-edition Wawa t-shirts with the city names.