New Store Features Free Coffee on Opening Day, Grand Opening Reflects Wawa’s Commitment to Growth, Jobs and Convenience while Celebrating Fulfilling Lives in the Community Through Small Acts of Kindness
(Clementon, NJ) August 31, 2023– Wawa, Inc., today announced the grand opening of its newest store located at 1340 Blackwood Clementon Rd., Clementon, NJ 08021 on August 31st. Local friends and neighbors are invited at 7:45 a.m. to join General Manager William Kerr who will do the honors of counting down the moment when the doors open at 8:00 a.m. for the very first time. This ceremonial start gives a nod to the power of positivity and kindness that naturally occurs when Wawa customers hold the door for one another, celebrating a gesture that happens thousands of times a day at Wawa stores and makes everyone feel welcomed and appreciated.
The first 100 customers through the door on August 31st will receive a limited-edition “Wawa Coffee, Hoagies & Kindness” t-shirts, while supplies last. All customers can enjoy free coffee on August 31st.
“At Wawa, our core purpose is fulfilling lives every day, and since our first store opened, we’ve believed that we all have a role in making this world a better place,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s CEO. “Our associates deliver experiences and often create emotional connections with customers that go beyond what traditionally happens in a retail environment, and we look forward to welcoming old friends and making new ones in this wonderful community!”
About the August 31st Grand Opening Ceremony
Friends and neighbors are invited to count down the exciting moment when the doors open for the very first time at 8:00 a.m. Customers will then be invited inside to get a free any size cup of coffee and participate in a community toast and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m. with Wawa’s mascot Wally Goose, oversized scissors, red ribbon, confetti and fanfare.
Wawa will also recognize local first responders with its signature Hoagies for Heroes hoagie-building competition. Local first responders from Gloucester Township Police Department and Blackwood Fire Company will compete to see who can build the most hoagies in three-minutes. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for Heroes competitions by presenting checks for $1,000 to each department’s charity of choice.
To stay up to date on the festivities, RSVP to Wawa’s Facebook event HERE.
About the Clementon Store
William Kerr will serve as general manager of the new Clementon Wawa store, leading a team of approximately 60 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 health benefits, when eligible, and participate in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Wawa Associates own 39% of Wawa through the ESOP. More information and current job opportunities can be viewed at: www.wawa.com/careers
The store is fully equipped with a built-to-order, fresh food kitchen featuring its signature hoagies (80 million hoagies sold annually) and newest food innovations such as the ever-popular burger: 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); the Wawa Bakery; and Wawa’s beverage line of dairy products, juices and teas, plus packaged goods and fuel services, among other amenities. In addition to the store-level experience, customers can access their Wawa favorites through mobile ordering, curbside pickup, delivery options and its newest Catering Online offer where customers can order favorite Wawa foods for their upcoming events at: www.wawacatering.com.
About Wawa’s Expansion Plans
Wawa plans to open up to 76 new stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida in 2023. The grand opening of the Clementon location is the 40th store to open among the chain’s six-state operating area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The chain also announced its future expansion to Florida Panhandle, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, with more details on those new locations to be shared soon.