Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, Pa, in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened 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 ATMs, and Boundless Convenience™. Wawa has more than 950 convenience retail stores in the USA. 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 .


• Convenience Store Chain, Wawa Crowned Nation’s Favorite Convenience Store – Vista.Today
• “10 Top Retail Brands to Watch in 2023,” which draws on layers of geospatial, psychographic and foot traffic data, Wawa is the “c-store darling of dining” as the channel itself appears to be taking market share from quick-service restaurant locations.
• To say that Wawa has a cult following in the region would be an understatement. Wawa ranks up there with In-n-Out and Trader Joe’s for the zealotry of its fans. – Philly Magazine
• In 2022 Wawa received two awards at this year’s Loyalty 360 Conference, Gold for Loyalty Strategy and Silver for Technology and Trends.
• Every Wawa lets you order sandwiches by glorious touchscreen. The shops have personality, but the chain has personality, too, distinctive in everything from the layout to the lingo. Wawas have the soul of a small-town store, but the consistency of a successful chain. – Saveur
• In 2019 Wawa earned the “Convenience Store Decisions” top award for social media engagement, as well as the runner-up position for best overall social media.
• In 2017 Wawa convenience stores was awarded the Silver Plate Winners of the annual International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Gold & Silver Plate Awards. Wawa Inc. CEO Chris Gheysens was named the winner in the “Retail and Specialty Foodservice” category.
• Famous actress, Kate Winslet gushes about Wawa: It ‘felt like a mythical place’ – Today.com
• Food & Wine magazine has named Wawa as the place with the best fast food in Pennsylvania. Food & Wine called Wawa “the most popular destination for a quick and affordable bite for generations of hard-working people in the southeastern part of the state, and increasingly, beyond.” – Food & Wine
• Payless Power surveyed 1000 people across the US and Wawa’s food was crowned the best out of all U.S. gas stations, proclaims study.

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November 6, 2023