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On Thursday, April 27th, Wawa will celebrate the grand opening of its 1,000th store. That’s a long journey since store #1 opened in Delaware County 59 years ago on April 16, 1964.

Wawa’s history stretches back even farther. The company’s origins began more than 200 years ago as an iron foundry in New Jersey. This new store is opening in the backyard of where it all began on the White Horse Pike in Oaklyn, NJ.

To celebrate the milestone, Wawa is throwing a big party. The first 1,000 customers will receive a keepsake t-shirt. (sidenote: if you haven’t checked out Wawa’s merch, you’re missing out!) A pep rally will follow the 9am ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wawa’s mascot Wally Goose, Eagles cheerleaders, pep band, drumline, and Swoop.

Customers on site for the events will receive a free, any-size cup of coffee to start the day. Plus, they will be the first people to see the custom 1,000th store sign affixed to Wawa storefront to mark milestone

With 1,000 stores, 6 states, and 45,000 associates, Wawa continues to live by its original core purpose to fulfill lives, every day. With the opening of this newest store in Oaklyn, Wawa is continuing to create meaningful personal connections and make a real difference in the lives of customers, communities, and each other, every day.

“Since well before we opened our first store more than 59 years ago, Wawa has always been closely connected to the communities we serve – constantly ensuring we’re a good neighbor who provides much more than products and service. It’s so appropriate that we are reaching our 1,000th-store milestone in New Jersey, where we have such a deep history with our origins as a family business and roots dating back more than 200 years,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we mark our sustained growth, we want to thank all our amazing customers and associates for getting us to where we are today. None of this would be possible without you. Here’s to 1,000 and beyond!”

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