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Wawa and Sheetz to provide boxed lunches at the USS John P. Murtha Commissioning Ceremony

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Oct-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa, Inc. and Sheetz, Inc. are pleased to work together to provide boxed lunches at the USS John P. Murtha Commissioning Ceremony, honoring the late great Congressman from Pennsylvania, the people of his district, the ship, and its crew. Seven thousand guests are anticipated to gather for the commissioning ceremony at the Navy League in Philadelphia, including Congressman Murtha’s family representatives, 500 members of the ship’s family, local officials, and leadership from Wawa and Sheetz. Together, Wawa and Sheetz will offer lunches that include popular items from each company’s menu to all guests.

“We at Sheetz are truly honored to come together with Wawa in support of the USS John P. Murtha Ceremony. The entire Sheetz family is humbled by this extraordinary opportunity to honor the late, great Congressman from one of our hometown heritage markets. Congressman Murtha’s service contributed greatly to the Johnstown community, his larger district and the entire country, and his commitment and dedication will not be forgotten,” said Joe Sheetz, President and CEO of Sheetz.

“All of us at Wawa are proud to team up with Sheetz to represent our state and celebrate this important, historic event,” said Chris Gheysens, President and CEO of Wawa. “As two companies committed to bringing our customers and communities together, we feel privileged to be a part of this ceremony and to have the chance to honor Pennsylvania’s longest serving congressman and decorated combat veteran who has done so much for citizens and veterans across the Commonwealth and beyond.  Honoring those who serve in our nation’s defense is especially important to us, and we are delighted to serve the ship’s crew and guests at this event.”

The naval commissioning ceremony has been a tradition since 1775. It is the most significant event in the life of the ship. The commissioning is the final event that brings a ship to life and marks the entrance of a man-of-war into the naval forces of her nation.

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About Wawa, Inc.

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 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 in Folsom, PAas 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. A chain of more than 730 convenience retail stores (over 490 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and Florida. All stores are open 24×7 and 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.

About Sheetz, Inc.

Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience restaurant chains, with more than $7 billion in annual revenue and more than 17,500 employees. The company operates 537 locations throughout Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and West Virginia. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® subs, sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. Additionally, Sheetz offers a full line of specialty coffee drinks and smoothies that are hand-made by fully trained baristas. Sheetz currently ranks on the Best Places to Work list in North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, and has been on the list in Pennsylvania for fourteen consecutive years. Most recently, Sheetz was ranked #87 on the Fortune Magazine Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  Additionally, Sheetz is recognized as a top place to work for Millennials and Women.  All Sheetz convenience restaurants are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit

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Lori Bruce
Wawa, Inc.

Bill Mayer
Sheetz, Inc.

SOURCE: Sheetz, Inc.

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