NJ – June 2020 / Newsmaker Alert / Wawa,
Inc. announces the store opening of its new store, located at 685 Morris
Turnpike, Springfield, NJ 07081. Wawa’s newest store will provide customers
with access to necessary supplies, fuel and support during the COVID-19
crisis and beyond.
Wawa, our core purpose is to go beyond filling orders to fulfill lives,
every day, and that has never been stronger than now as our 900 stores
unite together to provide support in the form of food, fuel, food donations,
funds and the one-of-a-kind Wawa experience that delivers care and hope
no matter the circumstances,” said Chris
Gheysens, President & CEO, Wawa. “As a new store opens, we will
continue to provide comfort and a sense of normalcy in the safest way possible,
while listening to what our friends and neighbors need most throughout
these challenging times.”
Thursday, June 18, the new store opened to the public at 8:00 a.m. with
an official ribbon cutting outside of the store with associates standing
6 feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The store will
employ approximately (40) associates and provide with competitive pay,
benefits and an opportunity to stock through the company’s
ESOP (Employee-Stock-Ownership-Plan) after completing one year of service.
Led by Wawa General Manager, Jenny Toledo and Area Manager Dan Holland,
the team is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment while
working to meet the needs of customers.
Wawa’s Virtual Grand Opening:
company will mark this official milestone by showcasing its community support
through a virtual video experience shared through social media on opening
day and available
HERE. B-roll video highlights are available
HERE to download and include: store footage, safety measures, interviews
and ribbon cutting. More specifically, the clips include:
are encouraged to watch the opening day video posted
on Facebook and are invited to share what they’re most excited about
for a chance to win limited-edition Wawa Springfield, NJ T-shirts.
Mayor Chris Capodice welcoming Wawa to the neighborhood by personally congratulating
the team and building the first ceremonial hoagie!
its Lending a Helping Hoagie initiative which will donate
$1,000 from the new store’s first week of sales to Community Food Bank
of New Jersey to relieve hunger in the immediate area, demonstrating its
commitment to serving others in need.
of Healthcare Heroes, The Wawa Foundation presents the Local Hero Award
with a $1,000 contribution to Overlook Medical center, part of Atlantic
Health System to express our gratitude to their commitment to serving our
community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
local community first responders from Springfield Police Department and
Springfield Fire Department including donations to local charities serving
social distancing ribbon cutting with store associates standing 6 feet
apart in front of the new store to signify the official start of serving
Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New
Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest
in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa,
PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness
and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early
1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market
in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa (www.Wawa.com)
is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages,
coffee, fuel services and surcharge-free ATMs. Wawa stores are located
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.
Wawa’s Commitment to Safety
the COVID-19 crisis, Wawa stayed focused on serving as an essential provider
as safely as possible. During that time, Wawa made several key changes
to ensure it has the safest, most convenient store environment. The changes
include launch of The Wawa Clean Force, a dedicated and trained
sanitizing swat team working at each store every day with one job: keeping
Wawa stores clean, sanitized and safe. Additional protections and policies
include masks and gloves for all associates; clear plastic safety guards
at check out and food-service counters; even more frequent hand washing
standards; and wellness temperature checks for associates before each shift.
For customers, social distancing with friendly visual markers and more
hand-sanitizer stations have been added in common areas.
2018, Wawa was recognized in Forbes as one of The Best Employers for New
Grads and one of The Best Employers for Women, and as the Top-Rated Workplace
for Veterans by Indeed. In 2019, Wawa was designated by Forbes as a Best
Employer for Diversity.