ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Wawa announced it will expand into Nashville, Tennessee, according to a news release. Current plans are for the Pennsylvania-based retailer to open its first Nashville store in 2025 with the potential for up to 40 stores in the market in the future.
“With a commitment to fulfilling lives in our community, we’re thrilled to continue our growth in new markets to provide quality fresh food, beverages and support to new friends and neighbors,” said John Poplawski, vice president of real estate for Wawa. “We are excited to expand beyond our current operating area and look forward to serving the community come 2025 and beyond.”
Wawa plans to open 54 new stores in 2022, and it plans to enter new, adjacent markets in the next few years.
In April, Wawa announced that aims to nearly double its store count in what the company’s CEO is calling “the most aggressive growth” in the company’s history. Wawa plans to expand into the Florida Panhandle region and adjacent South Alabama, as well as North Carolina.
The c-store retailer currently has 965 stores across Delaware, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and it plans to open 1,800 locations by 2030.
Wawa discussed its social purpose with NACS in the 2021 Ideas 2 Go video series.