In a plan touted as the “most aggressive growth” in the company’s history, Wawa will strive to open non-traditional “travel centers” in new and existing markets over the next few years. CEO Chris Gheysens said. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Gheysens announced this commitment in the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Economic Outlook. He notes in Business Journal that there are no overnight accommodations at rest-house-style locations, and instead include products aimed at individual and family travelers, as well as “small vehicles” that carry some day-trip commercial trucks. said.
“Think of it as Wawa on steroids, with bigger stores, bigger offers, bigger parking lots and more amenities,” Gheysens said.
He first hinted at opening these travel centers last April, telling Business Journal of the Delaware County-based company’s plans. Nearly double the number of stores to operate approximately 1,800 stores by 2030The expansion includes new locations in existing markets and states the company has yet to enter, including North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
Travel centers will play a key role in growth and help bridge the Wawa outpost gap between the Mid-Atlantic and Florida markets. You can have more choices about what to do or take.
Popular Texas convenience store chain Buc-ee’s is known for its travel center model. In addition to the typical gas pumps, toilets and convenience store merchandise, a typical Buc-ee’s has an abundance of food outlets that sell a range of products from Buc-ee’s branded merchandise to household items to deer corn. There is a gift shop that sells. Open 24 hours, but no accommodation or showers. With locations throughout the South, with at least one he outpost each in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky, Wawa is looking to expand in every market.
Outside of Texas, most Buc-ee stores are larger than your typical gas station or convenience store. For example, the brand’s store in Richmond, Kentucky, Spans 53,000 square feet.
Wawa did not disclose the estimated size of the upcoming travel center. Traditional stores are approximately 5,800 to 6,000 square feet.
Gheysens added that setting up these travel centers will take some time. This is because these travel centers are larger and will be located in “higher profile” locations on major highways such as I-95. The next step in the company’s planning process is identifying the best locations for travel centers. Due to the length of the planning stage and the approvals required, a Wawa spokesperson said it will probably be five years before he opens one of these stores.
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