ORLANDO, Fla.—Wawa is celebrating 10 years in the state of Florida, and in honor of the anniversary, the company will offer free any-size hot coffee and fountain beverages throughout all of its Florida stores today, July 18, the day the first store opened in Orlando in 2012.
“The offer is meant to toast the community and give thanks to Wawa’s customers and 10,000 associates spread across Wawa’s almost 250 Florida stores!” wrote Wawa in a news release.
Additionally, in honor of Wawa’s 10th Florida anniversary, the Wawa Foundation announced the launch of the Florida 10th Anniversary Fund. The fund will feature a total of $100,000 in donations to be spread across 1,000 local nonprofits supporting good health, eliminating hunger and helping everyday heroes. Grant amounts will vary between $1,000 and $2,500. Eligible nonprofits are invited to apply at www.thewawafoundation.org by August 31.
Since 2012, Wawa and the Wawa Foundation have provided more than $10 million in community support across the state of Florida, and the Florida 10th Anniversary Fund is set to increase that even further as Wawa continues its expansion in the Sunshine State.
“Though it’s been 10 years since Wawa first opened its doors in the Sunshine State, it feels like we’ve been here for even longer as we’ve been fortunate to develop so many lasting relationships and meaningful connections over the past decade,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to offer all Florida customers free coffee on July 18 and celebrate that with the launch of the Florida 10th Anniversary Fund to support all the nonprofit organizations that give back to our communities in countless ways, every day. Cheers to 10 years in the Sunshine State and to many more decades of growth and fulfilling lives in Florida.”
In 2012, Wawa opened its first Florida store with the goal of providing quality and convenience for Floridians. Wawa plans to expand in Florida and will open its 250th store in the Sunshine State this fall. The company will employ more than 10,000 associates by the end of the year. Wawa will continue to invest in Florida, opening more than 100 new stores over the next five years, including reaching new markets in the Panhandle region of Florida.