Wawa Inc. announced that the seven stores still closed due to Hurricane Sandy’s impact, will reopen by spring of this year.
Wawa teams have been working to reopen these stores, completely renovating and rebuilding them in some cases, and most will now feature Wawa’s newest design prototype. Six of the stores are expected to all resume operations by the end of
March, 2013. One store located in Normandy Beach reopened on Jan. 29.
“A cross functional team at Wawa has been working to get the Hurricane Sandy impacted stores up and running as soon as possible,” said Sal Mattera, vice president of store operations. “From ordering new equipment to sourcing local contractors to obtaining the necessary permits to make the renovations happen, our team has been focused on getting the remodels started and our stores reopened.”
In addition to reopening, most of the impacted stores will receive new features and designs incorporated into their renovations. The upgraded features include:
· New foodservice layout and foodservice innovations including built‐to‐order milk shakes and in‐store roll baking ovens
· All interior components brought up to new brand standards—including new tile throughout foodservice and beverage area
· Newly designed Express Cases
· All cabinetry and refrigeration cases upgraded and replaced
“We are doing everything we can to speed this process up and give our customers back their Wawa,” said Mattera. “We know our customers count on us and we are so grateful for the patience they’ve shown this far. We wanted to ensure that we were able to take the time to enhance our customers’ experience at these stores.”
To thank customers for their patience, when the stores reopen, a 10‐day promotion is planned for each one. These promotions include:
‐ Free Coffee – Any Size
‐ $2.99 Shorti – Any Variety
‐ $.89 Fountain – Any Size
In addition, Wawa will further its ongoing commitment to aiding in the local relief effort by making a $1,000 donation per store to the Feeding America Food Bank located in each specific community. The Food Banks include the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties and the Community Food Banks of New Jersey (Egg Harbor Township and Hillside branches, and will help to further restock their pantries.
Store Status by Location / Projected Reopening Dates
Store #949, Normandy Beach, N.J.
Opening: Jan. 29
Store #728, Ocean City, N.J.
Estimated opening: Feb. 28
Store #432, Avalon, N.J.
Estimated opening: March 7
Store #950, Margate, N.J.
Estimated opening: March 14
Store 977, Long Beach, N.J.
Estimated opening: Early March
Store 700, Ship Bottom, N.J.
Estimated opening: Mid‐March
Store 781, Sayerville, N.J.
Permitting In Progress
Construction to begin by Jan. 25
Estimated opening: Mid to Late March
*All dates subject to change. For the most up‐to‐date status of these stores visit wawa.com.