Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of new Florida Store in Winter Park

Charitable Hoagie Building Competition between City of Winter Park Fire & Police Teams Marks Occasion, Proceeds Given to Local Winter Park Community Causes


November 7th, 2013 A new Wawa had a grand opening!

This is the address: 901 N. Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789.

We love when a new Wawa comes to Central Florida as it raised the bar with service! Flashback to the first opening of the Wawa in Florida last year:

“We are thrilled to expand our presence in Florida with the opening of our 30th Florida location and cannot think of a better way to celebrate than by supporting local causes and recognizing the great value our firefighters and police provide to this community by keeping it safe,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s CEO. “Our grand opening festivities are a wonderful way to bring the community and our local heroes together to celebrate our commitment to the city of Winter Park.”

During the ceremony, Wawa will present a check to the Winter Park Library for $2,000, representing the amount donated for their recent Bash for Books event that raised much-needed funds for the library. Winter Park Library Director Shawn Shaffer will accept the check. In addition, Wawa will demonstrate its continued commitment to fighting hunger in Central Florida through a $500 donation toward Winter Park’s Feed the Need; this is equivalent to $4,500 worth of grocery products that will be provided to those in need in the local community. Feed the Need is the first ever community-wide virtual food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission of providing food for those who are struggling in the Winter Park community. Greg Higgerson, Vice President of Development and Sasha Hausman, Development Manager will accept the check.

Hoagies for Heroes Competition
The grand opening event will conclude with the Hoagies for Heroes hoagie building competition, as the Winter Park Police Department and Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department face off in a battle of bravery, skill and sandwich-making expertise.  Each team will be challenged to see who can build the most hoagies in three minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for Heroes competition by presenting checks on behalf of the winning and runner-up teams, for $1,000 to their charities of choice.

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.

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, 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 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products.  Today, Wawa is your all day, everyday stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATM’s.   A chain of more than 630 convenience retail stores (360 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and Central Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order Specialty Beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.

Store #6 Flashback! http://centralfloridatop5.com/2012/10/29/wawa-florida-completes-2012-sunshine-state-with-grand-opening-of-sixth-orlando-store/