The Wildwood City Commission paved the way for a Wawa, a more upscale convenience store, to be built on the northwest corner of the intersection of County Road 466 and U.S. Highway 301.
“We welcome new development,” says Wildwood’s Development Services Director Melanie Peavy, following the action of city leaders who recently approved the annexation and rezoning of 5.4 acres for the business along with the site plans for the project.
She says some of the infrastructure work on the project needs to be viewed and approved by Sumter County officials.
Wawa first opened in Folsom, Pennsylvania, in April 1964, and now has more than 700 stores in the mid-Atlantic area, according to the company’s website. Wawa opened its first Florida location in July 2012, and the company has its sights set on adding 120 Florida stores by 2022.
Wawa stores, which offer breakfast fare, soups, hoagie sandwiches, salads, wraps, fresh coffee, hot and cold lattes, and rolls baked fresh in stores, usually have more than 5,000 square feet of retail space plus gasoline.
No projected opening date for the Wildwood store has been announced.