Wawa to close first store opened 50 years ago

By Associated Press 11:14am, July 21, 2014
Wawa plans to close the very first convenience store opened by the chain a half-century ago.

Susan Bratton, Wawa's regional real estate manager, says the company plans a larger store in Ridley Township (PA) with six gasoline islands on a four-acre site on Route 420, about one-third of a mile away.

She told the Delaware County Daily Times that "It will still be store #1, even though it's a new store."

The new development was opposed by township commissioners last year, but court-ordered negotiations resulted in approval with certain conditions.

Britton said officials hope the new store will be open by the spring of 2016. She said the company hopes to include some historic photos of the original store in the new building.

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