Members of the local Police & Fire Departments; General Manager, Ivan Jackson; Area Manager, Michelle Acker; Director of Store Operations, Marian Weiser; Wawa associates and customers; and Wawa’s mascot, Wally Goose, all came together for a ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony ending the morning’s celebration.
PV Wawa grand opening marks 16th of 22 new stores in the Mid-Atlantic region during 2016
Pennsville, NJ – This past Friday August 19, 2016 Wawa, Inc. held the grand opening of its new Pennsville store, located at 418 N. Broadway, Pennsville, NJ 08070. The new location’s grand opening celebration included exciting fanfare, a charitable hoagie building competition, and (of course!) free coffee through the end of the weekend, August 21.
The new Pennsville store opened its doors for the first time to the public at 8:00 AM this past Friday. The grand opening of the Pennsville store marks the 16th store to open in 2016. This is the 5th store to open in Salem County and the 242nd store to open in the State of New Jersey.
Throughout the year, Wawa plans to bring the Wawa experience to more communities than ever before, opening 47 new stores throughout its operating area, including 22 in the Mid-Atlantic market and 25 in the Florida market.
Grand Opening Celebration
The new store’s grand opening celebration began at 10:00 a.m. with staff and other officials from Wawa Inc. speaking to the crowd along with local government representatives. After there was a brief parade highlighting Wawa’s milestones since 1808. The parade featured staff and employees (pictured below) each of whom represented a different milestone in history of Wawa through till the present day.
After the parade, Wawa Inc. held its hoagies for heroes’ hoagie building competition. The Pennsville Police Department, the Pennsville Fire Department, and Deepwater Fire Company faced off in a battle of sandwich-making expertise. Each team was challenged to see who could build the most hoagies in three minutes, the traditional Wawa way.
Pennsville Police Department took home first place with a total of 48 hoagies made and Deepwater Fire Company took home 2nd finishing several hoagies behind. Wawa presented checks on behalf of the winning and runner up teams to representatives from each who in turn donated the $1,000 to a charity of each organization’s choice.
Wawa will donate a total of $100,000 through its hoagies for heroes’ hoagie building competition to charities selected by local emergency responders at the culmination of the year.
“So many new and existing communities ask us to open a new Wawa to their community, so we are thrilled to be able to answer this call, and bring our unique brand of convenience and our latest store design and offerings to more customers than ever before,” said John Poplawski, Director of Real Estate for Wawa, Inc. “Our grand opening celebrations are a wonderful way to celebrate with our community partners and new customers, and share the message that from day one, we will be here for our customers around the clock, working to fulfill their lives, every day.”
(Read more about the new Wawa store and more from Wawa Inc. below the photos.)
Staff photos taken by Zachary Ahl:
About Wawa’s New Pennsville Store and Local Economic Impact
Wawa’s new Pennsville store features 5,051 square feet of retail space, additional gasoline facility, as well as new in-store graphics, colors, restroom design, and merchandising features and large expanded windows providing a clear view inside of the new design.
Ivan Jackson will serve as general manager of the store, leading a team of nearly 45 associates, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the store. Associates in these full- and part-time positions will receive competitive salaries and health benefits. Once eligible, each employee will participate in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).
Wawa Associates own more than 41% of Wawa through the ESOP. The new Wawa store will offer customers numerous Wawa brands, such as the award-winning Wawa coffee (195 million cups sold annually); the Sizzliä, Wawa’s hot breakfast sandwich; Wawa’s new line of specialty beverages (hot, cold, iced and frozen); Wawa Bakery; Wawa’s built-to-order hoagies (80 million sold annually); and Wawa’s beverage line of dairy products, juices and teas.
See photos of the new Wawa Inc. store location on 418 West Broadway in Pennsville below:
Photos from inside the new Pennsville Wawa during its opening day below:
About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, started as an iron foundry in New Jersey in 1808. During the late 1900’s, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming. The family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902.
Its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process brought the milk business much success. Home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s. This caused Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, to open the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products.
Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATM’s. In July of 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, winning with the highest “composite loyalty score” of 68 percent, and taking first place in the fresh food category.
Wawa has more than 730 stores located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.
Wawa’s Commitment to Fulfilling Lives
We believe we all have a role in making the world a better place by not only by filling customer orders – but by fulfilling the lives that we touch everyday. Because happy, fulfilled and connected people make happier and stronger communities. Beginning with our first store, Wawa has worked its way into the hearts, minds and fabric of people’s lives. Wawa does it around the clock. In 3 and ½ minute doses, every day 24/7, 365 days a year. Being so committed to this concept, they made fulfilling customers’ lives their ultimate purpose and goal – every day.