Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wawa signs leases, plans to enter Florida market

According to the Orlando Business Journal, Wawa has signed "more than 10" leases in the Orlando, Florida market, and the retailer has indicated it will open as many as 100 stores in the state.

According to a Wawa regional real estate manager, site work on the first set of stores will begin in the next month or two, with openings taking place next summer.

Currently Wawa has 588 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Fuel is offered at 298 of these locations (that's more than half for those keeping score).

I have previously written about Walmart's entry into the convenience store/gas arena and their roll-out of up to 350 stores per year, but I doubt the Greater Philadelphia area is high on their list because of Wawa's domination here. It'll be interesting to see, however, if the Big Ws battle it out in the Sunshine state!

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