Wawa continues to open new stores in New Jersey

by HomeDecorBeauty

A few months ago, I told you about Wawa’s aggressive expansion plans with the goal of doubling the number of stores within eight years, bringing the total to about 1,800 stores.

They just opened a new one this week in Union on Route 22, with at least two more expected to open before the end of the year. The other two will be in Hamilton and Orange, according to NJ.com.

Wawa CEO Chris Geyhens told the Philadelphia Business Journal that while many of the new stores will be in existing markets, they will also branch out into new markets. While the stores are ubiquitous in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, there are stores between Virginia and Florida, and the company is looking to expand in the states in between.

Wawa (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

Wawa (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)

They are also considering new styles of stores, with rest-stop-style stores with electric vehicle charging stations being considered. They may even have drive-thru locations, Geyhens told the Philadelphian Business Journal.

By comparison, QuickChek, one of Wawa’s main competitors in the area, has about 160 stores, about 95 of which sell fuel (all the new ones Quick Chek adds will sell fuel).

Wawa in Rio Grande NJ – Photo: Google Maps

Wawa in Rio Grande NJ – Photo: Google Maps

QuickChek is headquartered in Whitehouse Station (where they finally opened a store earlier this year). The first store opened in Dunellen in 1967 when it was more of a grocery store, although its roots go back to a Central Jersey dairy farm in the 1800s.

Wawa was also in the news last week for slamming a congressional candidate in New Jersey who appropriated their goose logo, admitting he did so because of Wawa’s popularity.

Opinions expressed in the post above are solely those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Bill Doyle.

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