Wawa announced plans this week to open 40 stores in northern Virginia over the next 15 years, with the first set to open in Vienna, Va., in April 2020.
The company also said there are three other stores in the county that will start construction in 2020, with plans to open two to three stores a year in the region. There are currently 87 Wawa stores in Virginia.
John Poplawski, Wawa’s senior director of real estate, said these openings are not tied to Amazon’s decision to build its second headquarters, HQ2, in Arlington, Va.
The 40 planned stores in the market are expected to bring 2,000 jobs. The new store will be 6,290 square feet with seating areas and will feature Tesla Charging Stations for up to eight cars.
Wawa has been undergoing a massive expansion, with plans to open a record 63 stores in 2019
Wawa Inc. began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Today, Wawa operates more than 870 convenience retail stores (over 600 offering fuel) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The stores offer a large fresh foodservice selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.