The largest Wawa in Philadelphia has opened steps away from Penn’s campus.
A new 8,760 square-foot location opened at 34th and Market Streets last Friday, Sept. 21, filling a space on the first floor of Drexel University’s General Services Building. The new Wawa opened to the public at 7 a.m., and to celebrate the opening, it gave away free coffee from Friday to Sunday.
There was a grand opening ceremony at 8 a.m., just an hour after the store opens its doors. It included a ribbon cutting and a hoagie building competition between Drexel police officers, Philadelphia firefighters, and EMS student volunteers, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The new store has a “fast casual interior design,” including inside seating, which neither of the two Wawa locations on campus have. There are also plans for outdoor seating at the new Wawa.
The new store was announced as part of an expansion throughout Philadelphia — five other Wawa locations are expected to open within city bounds by the end of the year.
“We are excited to announce this new location in Philadelphia as we continue to expand our presence and bring the Wawa experience to more members of the community,” Chief Real Estate Officer Brian Schaller said in an April press release.
The new store won’t hold its “largest Wawa” title for long though. In late November, a “flagship” store will open at 6th and Chestnut Streets. At 11,300 square feet, that store will outpace this new one by over 2,000 square feet.
The largest Wawa in the world is currently located in Washington D.C. at the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District and spans 9,200 square feet of space.