Wawa, Inc. announced the grand opening of its newest Florida store, located at 10115 Bloomingdale Ave., in Riverview. To mark the occasion, Wawa hosted state and local officials, along with the Tampa Bay Chapter of the USO and members of the Army’s 332 Transportation Battalion and members of the community for its grand opening celebration in early September.
“We are thrilled to expand our presence in Florida with the opening of our 26th Florida location and cannot think of a better way to celebrate than by recognizing the USO and showing our appreciation for the men and women who serve in the armed forces and their families” said Todd Souders, Director of Store Operations.
Today customers have come to rely on Wawa to provide everything from fuel for their vehicles to fuel for their bodies, to the fuel that creates lasting relationships between customers and associates. Quality and value are hallmarks of the Wawa brand.
The grand-opening event concluded with a “Hoagies for Heroes” hoagie building competition, as the USO Tampa Bay Team vs. members from the Army’s 332 Transportation Battalion faced off in a battle of bravery, skill and sandwich-making expertise. Each team was challenged to see who could build the most hoagies in three minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa presented checks to the USO to be used to fund Military Appreciation Day events for members of the armed forces and the families of men and women who serve.
The new store will employ more than 50 associates, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the stores. Associates in these full and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits, but will have the opportunity to be enrolled in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan.
The new Wawa store offer customers numerous Wawa brands, such as the award-winning Wawa coffee (195 million cups sold annually); the Sizzli, Wawa’s new line of specialty beverages (hot, cold, iced and frozen) Wawa’s hot breakfast sandwich; Wawa Bakery; Wawa’s built-to-order hoagies (80 million sold annually); and Wawa’s beverage line of dairy products, juices and teas.