Wawa opened its first store in Washington, DC on December 14. The convenience store juggernaut, which is the dominant c-store chain in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, also plans to add other locations in the District.
Located at 1111 19th Street NW, Washington, DC the new store is Wawa’s largest to date – 9,200 square feet.
“We are thrilled to finally spread our wings into the Washington DC market and begin fulfilling the lives of more customers and communities than ever before with this all-new store design,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa president and CEO. “Opening our first location in Capital Region is not only a significant step for Wawa’s growth, but it provides an opportunity for us to connect with new community partners, specifically those working to fight hunger in the DC region. We look forward to expanding in the DC region and can’t wait to meet our new customers and neighbors!”
The Wawa, PA-based convenience store operator said it continues to explore potential DC locations in addition to Wawa’s second store in the nation’s capital that will be opening soon in Georgetown at Prospect & Wisconsin Avenue. Currently, Wawa operates more than 770 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and, now, the District of Columbia.
Wawa described its first DC store as a one-of-a-kind, restaurant-style location created specifically for the DC customer which features the best of Wawa’s products and innovations in a casual, inviting setting. It has the latest in Wawa’s offerings with an upscale urban feel, indoor and outdoor seating, as well as an interactive digital experience all in the heart of the District. Highlights of the store include floor-to-ceiling windows; exterior patio seating for customers; upscale, custom interior tables and bar seating; large, interactive screens creating a social experience in-store; free WiFi; and Wawa’s largest interior to date, offering the convenience chain’s signature foods and specialty beverages along with Wawa’s newest offerings, including custom salads and nitro cold brew coffee. Additionally, this location will be Wawa’s first to offer free air for bicyclists.
Greg Feiner will serve as general manager of the store, leading a team of nearly 40 associates, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the store. Wawa Associates currently own more than 41 percent of Wawa through the company’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).