WAYNE — Wawa will open its first 24/7 convenience store and gas station in Passaic County later this month, the chain announced.
The 4,736-square-foot food market and gas station with eight fuel pumps will open at 8 a.m. on Dec. 14, according to a list of future grand openings posted on the company’s website.
The first 100 customers will receive free T-shirts, and there will be complimentary coffee for as long as supplies last.
The location, at 1512 Route 23 North, was the longtime address of Nagel’s Candy Barn, which was torn down in September 2022.
The new Wawa location had been approved in November 2020 over the objections of neighbors who cited concerns about its potential impact on the environment and traffic on local roads.
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The fast-growing company plans to open seven other locations, including one in Middletown Township, in the next three weeks.
The first Wawa market opened in Folsom, Pennsylvania, in April 1964. But the company was established several decades earlier as an iron foundry before morphing into a milk-delivery business when its owner took up an interest in dairy farming.
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Today, the company has hundreds of locations in six states and in Washington, D.C. It opened its 1,000th store in Oaklyn, a small borough in Camden County, in the spring.
Less than three weeks later, crews broke ground on what will be the first Wawa location in North Carolina — in a town called Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks.
Expansion to the Tar Heel State comes as the popular chain continues to push toward the Midwest. It recently announced that it would open 160 new stores in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio by July 2025.
Philip DeVencentis is a local reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
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