Wawa’s first South Florida store openings benefit Feeding South Florida

Take a look inside one of Wawa’s first South Florida stores (Photos) (Video)

Convenience store and gas station store Wawa will open its first South Florida locations Thursday as it begins a major expansion into the region.

The Pennsylvania-based chain is well-known for its fresh food, including hoagies, and coffee. Open at all hours, Wawa stores have an electronic ordering system where customers can build their meals and get them quickly on the go. It also has more fresh fruits and vegetables and a larger bakery than a typical service station.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. and free coffee will be offered all day at the following Wawa locations:

  • 3950 South Congress Ave (Congress and Forest Hill Blvd)., Palm Springs
  • 1771 South Congress, Palm Springs
  • 7289 Garden Road, Riviera Beach

The grand openings will include a hoagie-building competition with local fire and police officers to raise money for Feeding South Florida. The ceremonies at the three locations will take place at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our official entrance into the South Florida market as we spread our wings to serve more customers and communities and fulfill move lives each day,” Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens said. “Opening our first locations in Palm Beach County is a significant step toward furthering our ability to invest in Florida by building new stores and creating more jobs.”

Wawa plans to open 10 stores in South Florida in 2017, followed by 10 to 12 in 2018. Wawa expects to have 50 stores in the region within five years.

The store openings in Palm Beach and Broward counties will create 400 jobs, Wawa said. The starting minimum wage at Wawa is $10 an hour. Each store is an investment of about $6 million.

See the map below for the 21 future South Florida Wawa locations that the Business Journal has identified.

According to Wawa’s website, the next location to open in South Florida will be at 1520 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach sometime during the spring. During the summer, Wawa expects to open stores in Lake Worth, Davie, and on Federal Highway in Pompano Beach.

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