Wawa first announced its plans to expand to the region last spring, Retail Leader reported. The c-store chain first appeared in Florida more than a decade ago, and as of 2022, the retailer operates approximately 250 stores in the state, employing around 10,000 people.
"Over the years, we've been delighted to hear from so many people from so many areas, who are interested in having a Wawa closer to home. We couldn't be more excited to bring Wawa's one-of-a-kind brand and offering to these new markets in the near future," John Poplawski, vice president of real estate for Wawa, said last year. "We look forward to expanding beyond our current reach and serving these new markets with our quality fresh food and beverages and, as always, our deep commitment to the communities in which we operate."
The privately held Wawa operates more than 950 c-stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. In 2022, Wawa earned $14.9 billion in revenue, making it one of the top 25 largest private companies in the U.S., according to Forbes.