Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
12:35 pm
19 July 2019

Get your fill at Wawa

_v7h9861The 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.

About the Author

Originally from Anderson, Ind., Theresa worked for The Herald-Bulletin for many years. After experiencing a winter with 53 inches of snow, her late husband asked her to get a job in Florida, and they headed south. Well known in the area, Theresa worked with The Daily Sun and The Daily Commercial prior to joining Akers. “I finally have my dream job. I’ve wanted to work for a magazine since I was a teenager, and I’m very excited to be here,” Theresa says. “There is such positive energy at Akers that it’s infectious.” Theresa has three grown daughters—Julia lives in San Francisco, Emily is in Austin, Tex., and Maria is at the University of Central Florida.