Pennsylvania’s Beer Landscape Is Changing, and Wawa’s in on the Action

Image via Jonathan Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wawa continues to expand its options to sell beer at its convenience stores, writes by Katie Park for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Its efforts are altering the status quo regarding who sells alcohol in Pennsylvania.

“We’ve seen an increasing number of convenience stores applying for and receiving liquor licenses,” said Shawn Kelly, a spokesperson for the PLCB.

Wawa got its first Pennsylvania license to sell beer in 2019. Two of its Delaware County stores, in Chadds Ford and Middletown, sell beer, and Wawa is hoping for beer sales in three more stores. Outside Pennsylvania, Wawa stores offer alcohol products in 100 locations.

Even more aggressive in pursuit of alcohol sales is Sheetz, which sells beer at 223 of its Pennsylvania stores.

Surpassing Wawa and Sheetz is the food delivery startup goPuff, which offers beer in 500 cities, including Philadelphia.

Recent alcohol sales efforts in Pennsylvania are part of a catch up that has already happened in other states.

“People come to Pennsylvania and can’t even believe they can’t buy alcohol in convenience stores,” said John Stanton, a professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University.

Read more about the convenience store push into alcohol sales in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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