Wawa Files Permits to Expand in Tennessee

The convenience store continues to expand westward.

October 19, 2023

Wawa has filed permits with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for locations in the communities of Dickson, Lebanon and Manchester, reported WKRN.com. The action comes more than a year after the company announced its plans to expand into the Nashville area.

When the expansion plan was announced, John Poplawski, vice president of real estate for Wawa, said “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. “We are excited to expand beyond our current operating area and look forward to serving the community come 2025 and beyond.”

Wawa has also recently announced plans to expand into three other states, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, with over 160 stores opening over the next eight to 10 years.

In Kentucky, the company plans to build approximately 40 stores across the region, with the first construction beginning in mid-2024. So far, Wawa has 15 sites under contract, and these projected stores are making their way through the permitting and approval process.

The company also plans to expand its footprint in Ohio, with plans to open over 60 stores in the state. Wawa has 16 sites under contract, and the first construction is expected to begin in mid-2024.

In Indiana, Wawa also plans to build approximately 60 stores across the state with construction beginning in mid-2024. The first store locations are projected to open by mid-2025.

Wawa currently has over 1,000 stores across New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.