Wawa Inc. has announced exciting news for the Orlando Community—the grand opening of its newest store located directly across from the Orlando International Airport, at the intersection of Rt. 436 & Lee Vista Blvd at 6500 South Semoran Blvd.
After years of price gauging at the pump, Orlando residents and travelers will now have the opportunity to fuel up fairly through Wawa’s commitment to value pricing and no hidden fees. To mark the occasion, Wawa will host a grand opening celebration with the help of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, who will unveil a fuel price sign, revealing significant price reductions at the pump at the new Wawa location.
During the grand opening event, local officials, members of Second Harvest Food Bank, local heroes, Wawa associates and community members will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony and witness a charitable hoagie building competition featuring the Orlando Police and Fire Department.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since we opened our first store in the state of Florida, and since then, our Florida friends and neighbors have come to rely on us to add convenience to their lives,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s president and CEO. “Everyone who knows us understands that our low prices are a big part of our convenience offer, and that we will always do our best to have the most competitive pricing around. As we’ve become a part of the Orlando community, we’ve also become keenly aware that Orlando residents have limited options, specifically around the Orlando airport, to find quality food and fuel at competitive prices, and that local gas stations have been in the spotlight several times for their price gouging and astronomical costs. We’re thrilled to be able to help relieve this burden and help all Orlando community members fuel up fairly every time they are at the pump.”
Grand Opening Event Details
On Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at 9:30 a.m., the grand opening celebration will begin. During the event, Wawa’s president and CEO will speak about Wawa’s commitment to the central Florida community and to providing value pricing for both fuel and products at every Wawa location.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will then unveil Wawa’s fuel price sign and speak about the much needed price relief this new store will provide customers. Mayor Dyer will then cut the ceremonial ribbon symbolizing the store is open for business. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, Wawa associates will begin fueling up vans from Second Harvest Food Bank representing Wawa’s continued commitment to supporting this valuable community partner.
“Wawa continues to invest in our region, create new jobs and give back through charity work, grants and service projects,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “And it doesn’t stop there. Wawa has committed to ensure this station features a highly visible price sign and offers value pricing with no hidden fees for our residents and visitors traveling near the airport—an area that has been know for unfair business practices that take advantage of our consumers. I am grateful to have a partner like Wawa who truly values its partnership with Orlando.”
Hoagies for Heroes Competition
The grand opening event will conclude with a Hoagies for Heroes hoagie building competition, as the Orlando Police and Fire 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 competitions by presenting checks to the charities of each of the heroes’ choices. “We’re honored to have our community partners and local heroes with us today as we all stand together to provide our community with the support and convenience we all deserve,” said Gheysens.
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 Sizzliä, 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.
A chain of more than 625 convenience retail stores (over 300 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and Central Florida.