It's not baby talk -- when folks say they need to go to Wawa,
they need groceries. Wawa owns and runs more than 700 Wawa Food
Markets in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia,
and now Central Florida. Wawa stores are noted for their coffee and
their salad and deli offerings, including hoagie sandwiches; about
435 stores sell gas (250 sell diesel). Unlike other c-store chains,
Wawa boasts its own dairy, supplying Wawa stores and some 1,000
hospitals, schools, and other institutions. The company opened its
first store in 1964, but its roots reach back to an iron foundry
begun in 1803 by the Wood family; food operations began in 1902 as
George Wood started a dairy in Wawa, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania-based Wawa operates a chain of convenience stores
throughout portions of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware,
Maryland, Virginia, and Florida.
Wawa is known for its freshly brewed coffee, Sizzli hot
breakfast sandwich, and Built-to-Order Hoagies. It offers
ready-to-go salads, fresh fruits, wraps, snacks, soups, bottled
beverages, frozen blended beverages, ice creams, milk, nutrition
products, and gasoline services.
Expanding beyond its Mid-Atlantic base, Wawa projects it will
have 100 stores in Florida alone by 2018; it opened its 50th in the
state in 2014.
Wawa is growing in existing markets too. It's advancing toward
the Washington, DC, area by opening stores along the
Washington-Baltimore corridor in northern Virginia and Maryland. It
launched a new flagship store located in Philadelphia in 2015.
Wawa is the Lenni Lenape word for the Canada goose that was
found in the Delaware Valley; hence the goose on Wawa's logo.