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Wawa on 38th and Spruce streets, one of its two locations on Penn's campus.

Credit: Luke Chen

Wawa was named as the best sandwich shop in America, beating out the likes of Firehouse Subs, Jersey Mike’s, and Jimmy John’s in a nationwide consumer survey.

As part of an annual survey conducted by the research firm Market Force Information, Wawa took the top spot for sandwiches based on data from over 11,000 consumers across the country. This is the first time the Pennsylvania-based chain has received such recognition, and the first time a convenience store has been given the accolade.

The survey was based on overall quality of food, curb appeal, cleanliness, and value for money spent. According to Main Line Today, Wawa amassed a 64 percent score for its composite loyalty index, compared to Firehouse Subs at 62 percent in second.

As Business Insider reported, Wawa has over 790 locations across the East Coast, compared to Jimmy John’s and Panera which each have over 2,000 stores nationwide. 

Regardless of its size, Wawa has become immensely popular for its fresh, made-to-order hoagies and sandwiches, which have been sold since 1972. According to Business Insider, these sandwiches typically cost anywhere between four and eight dollars, and can be served warm or cold.

Some of the popularity of the convenience store can be attributed to Wawa’s mobile application. According to reports by QSR Magazine, Wawa once again had the highest mobile app awareness at 67 percent, up from last year’s 48 percent.

In April, Wawa’s President and CEO Chris Gheysens recently announced that the world’s largest Wawa store will be opening in Philadelphia. The 11,300 square foot store will be located in Old City and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.