Posted: Nov 10, 2015 11:59 AM EST Updated: Nov 18, 2015 6:42 PM EST
MIAMI (WSVN) — South Floridians are about to get a taste of Wawa.
The popular store chain announced Monday that it plans to open 120 stores in South Florida beginning in 2017. The company held a community partnership event at the Perez Art Museum to introduce Wawa to the community before its doors officially open.
The event featured samples of the stores products and an overview of Wawa’s commitment to the community. Officials also presented a check for the Nicklaus Children’s hospital, Feeding South Florida and the American Red Cross, hoping for future community partnerships.
“We could not be more excited to start writing the next chapter of our Florida Expansion story and consider our Miami-Dade Community Partnership Event as the foreword of the new Florida story we will write together with the Southeast Florida community,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s President and CEO.
“It’s hard to believe just three years ago we were opening our first store in Orlando, and now we have more than 70 Florida locations. We can’t wait to begin to fulfill customers’ lives in Southeast Florida, and look forward to see our friends and neighbors from this event at our future South Florida stores.”
Wawa is set to open 120 stores over the next two years in Florida, creating nearly 3,000 new jobs. Miami-Dade stores are expected to open in 2018.
Wawa is best known for their fresh food. Customers visit the store to grab coffee, breakfast sandwiches, hoagies and gas.