Monday, January 7, 2013

Wawa Assumes Traditional Food Retail Leadership Roll

Wawa once categorized as a C-store than called a Full Service Convenience Store,  evolved into a Non-traditional food retailer now must be called a Casual Dining Restaurant TO-GO. Wawa has indeed assumed an industry leading roll as a fresh food merchant.  You will find no Roller Grill at Wawa, no stale Coffee, you will find high quality ready-2-eat and heat-N-eat fresh prepared food. 

In 2012 Wawa entered the Florida market for the first time with its first 5 units. Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens speaking recently stated that Wawa intends to open an additional 25 units in Florida during 2013 most will be located in the Tampa-Orlando markets.

Gheysens stated “We are so glad to be a part of the Orlando community, adding hundreds of new associates to the Wawa family and serving our new Florida friends and neighbors with our fresh and inviting food service offer."  Fresh Food is top of mind within Wawa’s company Focus and in the minds-eye of the consumer.

Assuming a traditional food retail leadership roll Wawa announced at the opening of thier next unit in Apopka, FL the grand opening event will include local officials, members of the Second Harvest Food Bank and community members participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony. There will also be a hoagie-building contest featuring the Apopka Police Department and the Apopka Fire and Rescue.

Wawa  with  25 stores in 2013, is just getting started they will open 25 stores in 2014 and 25 stores in 2015 and projects it will open 100 stores in Florida within the next five years. The new stores will each employ more than 50 associates.  Wawa success is based on better for you fresh food fast with competitive pricing

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1 comment:

  1. I have heard so many great things about Wawa from customers. I have not had a chance to try them out since they came to Orlando, but hope to soon. I will have to go hungry!