Wawa Inc. celebrates its 53rd anniversary with free coffee chain-wide on Thursday April 13

Wawa Day Celebrates Wawa’s Founding and the Three-Year Anniversary of The Wawa Foundation

Wawa, PA , 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa Inc. today (April 13, 2017) announced that in honor of its 53rd anniversary in retail, this year’s Wawa Day will be held on Thursday April 13, and Wawa will celebrate the occasion by offering customers free coffee, chain-wide, all day! Throughout the day, Wawa’s goal is to give away 2 million free cups of any size coffee to customers at its more than 750 stores across its six-state operating area.

In April of 1964, Wawa entered the retail business and opened its first convenience store. In April of 2014, Wawa celebrated its 50th anniversary in convenience retailing and marked the milestone with the first Wawa Day event and the launch of The Wawa Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization founded to encompass most of Wawa’s charitable giving. Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are committed to donating $50 million to causes supporting health, hunger and every day heroes by 2018. Wawa and The Wawa Foundation are pleased to announce that on Wawa Day, they will mark the distribution of $2 million in first-quarter grants to charitable organizations, bringing the total contributions made since the inception of The Wawa Foundation to $35 million. This year, Wawa’s April 13th Wawa Day celebration gives the Company the chance to toast the community with free coffee, while celebrating its 53rd anniversary in retail and the third anniversary of The Wawa Foundation.

“Wawa Day provides us with a chance to connect with and honor the millions of customers we’ve served over the past 53 years who have been so integral to Wawa’s growth over that time,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s President and CEO. “At Wawa, we exist to go beyond filling customer orders to fulfilling the lives that we touch every day. Our core purpose is exemplified through the commitment of The Wawa Foundation to give back to the communities we serve, as well as through the dedication of the thousands of Wawa associates who make our stores such special places. It’s always exciting to celebrate our customers, associates and communities by giving away one of our most beloved products, Wawa coffee!”

In addition to giving away an expected 2 million free cups of coffee for all customers chain-wide, Wawa will be celebrating the millions of magical moments that happen at Wawa each day with in-store digital tributes featuring photos of some of the many “Day Brighteners” at Wawa that celebrate the unique relationship between Wawa associates and customers.

This year’s goal of 2 million cups of free coffee would be the most given away to date. Happy Wawa Day, everyone, and cheers to you all!

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 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. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 750 convenience retail stores (525 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.

CONTACT:

public.relations@wawa.com

Source: Wawa, Inc.

Wawa Inc. launches into Southeast Florida; starts hiring for its first stores in Palm Beach County and Broward County

Opening of New Southeast Florida Stores Will Create More than 400 Jobs in Local Communities in 2017

West Palm Beach, FL, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wawa Inc. is thrilled to announce that it is in the final stages of its launch into Southeast Florida with the first wave of new stores slated to open during the first half of 2017. Wawa’s store operations team has started accepting applications for jobs at the first stores it will open in Palm Beach County and Broward County and will begin interviews and hiring in January, 2017. Wawa’s Talent Acquisition team has already begun hiring for Customer Service Supervisors in both counties in anticipation of future store openings throughout the year.

To fill these more than 400 new jobs, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the stores, Wawa is looking to hire Customer Service Supervisors, Night Supervisors and Customer Service Associates.

Wawa will be hosting a hiring fair from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm on Wed., Jan. 18th at the Courtyard, 1800 Centrepark Drive East, West Palm Beach, FL. Wawa hiring managers recommend prospective candidates with prior restaurant/retail experience to apply to the career site prior to attending the hiring fair. “We are thrilled to start writing the next chapter of Wawa’s expansion story here in South Florida and the most exciting part of that story begins when we start to add new associates to our rapidly growing Wawa family,” said Denise Diillio, Wawa Area Manager. “Our team is looking forward to being able to provide more than 400 new job opportunities to enthusiastic associates in Southeast Florida throughout 2017, and continuing to see that number increase as we grow our stores and open more locations in our communities for years to come.”

To apply for a position, please visit www.wawacareer.com.

About Wawa’s Benefits
Wawa wants all associates to be happy and healthy. The generous benefits offered are designed to fit associates’ lifestyles, while helping them build and plan for a great future. Here is a preview of some of the benefits offered to eligible Wawa associates (including dependent and spousal/domestic partner):

• Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
• Wawa, Inc. 401(k) Plan
• Medical, Dental & Vision Plans
• Basic Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
• Management 40 hour work weeks • Flexible Spending Accounts (Health Care & Dependent Care)
• Wellness Reimbursement, Programs & Screenings
• Paid Personal Time Off
• Educational Assistance Plan

More About Wawa’s Florida Expansion

Wawa plans to open 25 – 30 stores every year throughout the State of Florida for the next several years. During 2017, Wawa will open new stores in Palm Beach and Broward Counties throughout the year. Each new Wawa store will employ nearly 40 associates, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the stores. Associates in these full and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits but will have the opportunity to earn stock in Wawa’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

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 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. 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 and in 2016 Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. Wawa was recently designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. A chain of more than 730 convenience retail stores (over 500 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshlybrewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

CONTACT:

Lori Bruce
Wawa, Inc.
Lori.a.bruce@wawa.com

Source: Wawa, Inc.