Take That, Sheetz! From Its Humble Beginnings in Delco, Wawa Now the State’s Largest Privately-Owned Company

Image via Tom Gralish, Philadelphia Inquirer.

From humble beginnings in Delaware County, Wawa has now grown into the largest privately-owned company, based on revenue, in Pennsylvania.

According to Forbes, Wawa is also the 29th largest privately-owned company in the country, writes Ryan Mulligan for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

It was one of six Pennsylvania firms that made the Top 100 on Forbes’s list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

Wawa pulled pretty far ahead of its state convenience store rival, Sheetz, which was listed as the 75th largest privately-owned company in the nation and Pennsylvania’s third-largest.

Giant Eagle, the Pittsburgh-based grocery chain, was second in the state and 36th nationally.

The companies on Forbes’s list had revenue greater than $2 billion as of the most recent fiscal year.

Wawa actually dropped down six places from last year’s No. 23 ranking due to a 15 percent decrease in revenue for 2020. The chain, which employs about 38,000 people, sold $11 billion in products in its most recent fiscal year.

Sheetz, with 20,200 workers, had about $5.6 billion in revenue last year.

Six of the 11 Pennsylvania companies on this year’s list are in western Pennsylvania.

Read more about Wawa in the Philadelphia Business Journal.