Wawa celebrates with free coffee and exclusive ‘Bulldog Double Shot’ beverage.
Wawa Inc. is continuing its expansion into Washington D.C. with the grand opening of its second store in the district.
The new Wawa is located at 1222 Wisconsin Ave., NW. The new store will open its doors to the public on Dec. 20, at 8:00 a.m. with the grand opening ceremony kicking off at 10 a.m.
The celebration will include exciting fanfare, a ribbon cutting ceremony, announcements by The Wawa Foundation of support of local community organizations, a new Georgetown-inspired specialty beverage and a charitable hoagie-building competition between the Capital Area Food Bank and two teams from the Walking Warriors to End Breast Cancer.
“We are thrilled to continue spreading our wings into the Washington, D.C., market and to fulfill the lives of more customers and communities than ever before with our second store in the District,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa president and CEO. “We look forward to serving the wonderful Georgetown community and are excited about continuing our expansion in DC well into the future!”
The new D.C. store offers customers the best of all of Wawa’s newest foodservice offers, including new custom salads and milk shakes. Any-size coffee will be free through Dec. 23 in celebration of the grand opening. Also, as an exclusive offer created specifically for this store and the Georgetown community, Wawa is introducing the Bulldog Double Shot. This hot and iced latte with sweet and salted caramel, plus a double shot of espresso with whipped cream and blue and silver sprinkles is available only in Wawa’s D.C. store for the first three months after grand opening. The Bulldog Double Shot can be ordered via touchscreens and comes built-to-order at Wawa’s full-service specialty beverage area.
Additional highlights of the store include unique interior store design features and Wawa’s signature foods and specialty beverages, including the newest items of custom salads, artisan sandwiches and milkshakes. The store will offer delivery through GrubHub and Uber Eats starting the first quarter of 2019, aimed at expanding Wawa’s reach and convenience beyond the store walls and to help the community move more quickly through their day.
Wawa in Georgetown Grand Opening Festivities
On Dec. 20, the new store will open to the public at 8 a.m. with the grand opening ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. During the event, Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens; Jay Culotta, president of The Wawa Foundation and Dr. Lou Weiner, director of the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center, and local officials will join together for a ceremonial ribbon cutting, officially marking the opening of the store.
To celebrate this milestone, The Wawa Foundation will announce a commitment to support the new MedStar Medical/Surgical Pavilion at the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center. The Medical/Surgical Pavilion is scheduled to be completed in 2022 and once opened, will be comprised of three essential elements of a world-class academic medical center: excellent clinical care, a strong foundation in education, and leading-edge research. A grant from The Wawa Foundation will support the renovation and remodeling of a comfortable break room for the nurses who spend long hours caring for some of the centers most critically ill patients.
Additionally, to honor and support some of the everyday heroes who are committed to our communities, the grand opening event will conclude with Hoagies for Heroes, hoagie building competition where the Capital Area Food Bank will face off against two teams from the Walking Warriors to End Breast Cancer to see who can build the most hoagies in three minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for Heroes competitions by presenting checks on behalf of the winning and runner up teams, for $1,000 to the charities of their choice.
Wawa is continuing expansion in DC with this new Georgetown store and an additional store at 40th and Albermarle in Tenleytown set to open in the first half of 2019. Stephanie Dulin will serve as general manager of the new Georgetown Wawa store, leading a team of nearly 60 associates, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the store. Associates in these full- and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits, but once eligible, will participate in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). Wawa Associates own more than 41% of Wawa through the ESOP.
The new Wawa store will offer customers numerous Wawa brands, such as the award-winning Wawa coffee (195 million cups sold annually); the Sizzli, Wawa’s hot breakfast sandwich; Wawa’s new line of specialty beverages (hot, cold, iced and frozen); Wawa Bakery; Wawa’s built-to-order hoagies (80 million sold annually); and Wawa’s beverage line of dairy products, juices and teas.