Latest Expansion Plans Have Wawa Pushing into Sheetz Territory

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Wawa’s been eying other states to open new stores. Now, it’s pushing deeper into central Pennsylvania, closer to its fierce rival, Sheetz, writes Sue Gleiter for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

Wawa announced it is doubling its store count over the next three to five years in central Pa., with plans to potentially open 40 stores in the region. The first could open in 2024.

“With a commitment to fulfilling lives, we’re thrilled to continue our growth and expansion in our existing markets to provide quality fresh food, beverages, and support to the community,” said John Poplawski, vice president of Real Estate for Wawa.

“In addition, Wawa’s continued expansion will mean even more convenience and new jobs in the central Pennsylvania community.”

So far, Wawa’s stores have stayed on the east side of the Susquehanna River. 

Sheetz and Wawa have been long-time competitors but have remained friendly, joining forces for charitable projects.

Both companies have been building stores near Lancaster and Berks counties but Sheetz has dominated the Harrisburg region. 

Wawa is skirting that area now with a store coming to Mt. Joy, near Elizabethtown.

Read more about Wawa in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.

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