Chances are, if you're from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland or Delaware, you've heard of Wawa. But if you haven't, don't worry, you soon will.
The popular chain of convenience stores broke ground on its first store in Florida on Wednesday, at the intersection of Central Florida Parkway and International Drive in Orlando.
Wawa says it will open five stores in the Orlando area in 2012. The other four stores will be in the following locations:
- Hoffner Ave. & S. Goldenrod Rd., Orlando, Orange County
- US 192 & Simpson Rd., Kissimmee, Osceola County
- N. Orange Blossom Trail & E. Donegan Ave., Kissimmee, Osceola County
- John Young Pkwy. & Silver Star Rd., Orange County
The company also has plans to open up to 100 stores in our area in the next few years. Each store will employ 35 workers.
Wawa is a privately held company that sells made to order sandwiches, coffee, fresh produce and, in some cases, gasoline. The stores are open 24 hours a day.
Wawa is the Native American word for the Canada goose.