ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2014) - Wawa, Inc., today announced it will celebrate the grand opening of its fiftieth sunshine state store by giving away FREE coffee all day, all sizes, in all Florida stores September 18. The giveaway is a part of the company's fiftieth Florida store milestone, and serves as a thank you to customers for their continued support. Wawa plans to giveaway more than 50,000 cups of coffee across the state of Florida, as a part of the more than 195 million cups of award-winning coffee Wawa brews and serves each year.

"Expanding to Florida was a huge milestone for the Wawa family," said Chris Gheysens, Wawa's President and CEO. "The wonderful customers, associates and communities in the sunshine state are the reason this milestone is possible. We cannot thank you enough, so on this occasion, we'll raise a cup of freshly-brewed Wawa coffee to toast each and every one of you! We look forward to not only supporting and ingraining ourselves in your communities, but to fulfilling the lives of our customers each and every day!"

Wawa will celebrate the grand opening of its 50th Florida store located at 4100 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando at 10 a.m. on September 18. Since its entrance into the Florida market in July of 2012, Wawa has opened 30 Orlando and 19 Tampa stores, with plans to open locations in Fort Myers in 2015. The recent milestone of its 50th store also included the confirmation of areas of Wawa's next 50 Florida stores to open within the next two years, at the rate of 25 stores per year spread throughout the Orlando, Tampa, Southwest Coast and Daytona markets.

"Cheers to a great two years in Florida and we look forward to a long future serving the communities of the Sunshine State," Gheysens said. "We are excited to continue our expansion plans and see a BIG future here in Florida!"

Wawa coffee is a proprietary, private-label blend, available only at Wawa stores and on Wawa.com. Since the year 2000, Wawa has served more than 1 billion cups of coffee. Within the brewed coffee market, Wawa ranks #1 in Philadelphia and #8 in share nationally. 

About Wawa, Inc.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATM's. A chain of more than 650 convenience retail stores (over 400 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and as of July of 2012, Central Florida. Wawa quickly became an integral part of the Central Florida Community, with 50 stores throughout the Orlando and Tampa Markets, the creation of close to 2,000 jobs, and the donation of more than $500,000 in financial grants. The winner of the 2013 Beautification Award for District 1 in Orlando, Wawa is proud to be recognized for its continued commitment to enhancing the Orlando community environment through litter prevention, waste reduction and recycling, and beautification. 

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