Wawa, the popular convenience store and gas stations known for its hoagies, fresh coffee and Sizzli breakfast sandwiches, is coming to Kentucky.
The Pennsylvania-based company announced in a news release on Wednesday plans to launch its first new stores in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, saying these states “are part of Wawa’s long-term expansion plan to fuel future store growth in adjacent and new markets, bringing its unique offer and experience to more communities than ever before.”
The company, which employs more than 35,000 workers at about 900 locations on the East Coast, also is expecting to open stores in 2024 in the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, North Carolina and Georgia.
Where and when Wawa might open in Kentucky
No specific cities or locations were announced for Kentucky. Wawa said that the launches will take place “sometime after 2025 with estimated timeframes and ranges for number of stores by state to be announced in 2023.
The company said in June that it was bringing the first Wawa stores in Tennessee to the Nashville market, with plans to launch in 2025 and open as many as 40.
Readers want Wawa
In a recent Herald-Leader / Kentucky.com poll, readers put Wawa in their top 10 stores or chains they’d like to see come to the Bluegrass area.
And it looks like the company heard them.
“We have received thousands of requests over the years to spread our wings further west! We couldn’t be more excited to announce our growth plans in these markets as we will soon serve more people in new communities with our unique brand and offer,” said John Poplawski, vice president of real estate for Wawa, in the news release. “We can’t wait to reconnect with those that know us from existing markets and meet new friends and neighbors come 2025 and beyond!”
Suggest a Wawa store location
Wawa is currently accepting site suggestions from real estate representatives for potential locations. To submit a proposal, go to the Wawa market expansion page at wawa.com/about/public-relations/expansion-news.