Wawa Timeline

Wawa Store

50 Years of Wawa!

Look back on the first 50 years of Wawa memories and milestones, including the first store in 1964, launches of your favorite Wawa products, our expansion to Florida, and more!

  • 1960's
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     April 16, 1964 

    The first Wawa Food Market opens in Folsom, PA

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     1968 

    The first New Jersey store opens

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     1969 

    The first Delaware store opens

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     1969 

    Wawa Kitchens offer foods like hamburgers and fried chicken

  • 1970's
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     1970 

    Pre-made hoagies and sandwiches are introduced

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     1972 

    A new slogan “People on the Go – Go to Wawa Food Markets” is introduced

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     1972 

    Wawa opens 100th store in Marlton, NJ

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     1972 

    Wawa stores stay open round-the-clock

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     1974 

    The Goose and gold background are added to the Wawa logo

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     1975 

    Wawa stores begin brewing and selling fresh coffee

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     1978 

    The 200th Wawa store opens in Souderton, NJ

  • 1980's
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     1980 

    Wawa wins “Best of Philly” award for coffee

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     1981 

    Customers tell us “We Do It Just a Little Bit Better,” which becomes the new advertising slogan

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     1982 

    Wawa separates the deli from the checkout counter for speedier service

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     1984 

    Hoagies are now Built-to-Order

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     1984 

    Hot foods are introduced: Here comes the Meatball Express!

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     1985 

    The 300th store opens in Woodstown, NJ

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     1986 

    Wawa wins “Best of Philly” award for coffee and deli

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     1988 

    Camp Wawa and Wawa University debut, providing Associates with state-of-the-art training and educational opportunities

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     1988 

    The President’s Club is launched to recognize and celebrate Wawa’s store managers

  • 1990's
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     1991 

    Wawa Dairy takes top honors in Master Dairy’s Quality Product Awards

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     1992 

    The Shorti Hoagie is introduced

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     1992 

    The Wawa Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is formalized

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     1992 

    The first Hoagie Day is held at Philadelphia City Hall on May 7

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     1992 

    Wawa opens 500th store

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     1994 

    First “super store” opens in Tinicum, PA. It was 5,700 sq. ft. and had 50+ parking spots

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     1995 

    ATMs are installed in all Wawa stores; to this day, there is no surcharge 

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     1996 

    The Sizzli breakfast sandwich is introduced

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     1996 

    First fuel store opens in Millsboro, DE

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     1998 

    First store in Virginia opens

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     1998 

    The Wawa Bakery is introduced

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     1999 

    The "Rendelli" hoagie is featured at Hoagie Day to raise funds for education

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     1999 

    The “My Choice, My Wawa” campaign debuts

  • 2000's
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     2002 

    Wawa’s famous Touch Screen Ordering is installed in all stores

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     2002 

    The Wawa Dairy celebrates its 100th anniversary

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     2003 

    Hot, stuffed pretzels hit the warmer!

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     2004 

    The 24 oz. coffee cup – Big 24! – is introduced

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     2004 

    “Gottahava Wawa” is launched

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     2005 

    Toasting begins in stores

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     2006 

    200th fuel store opens

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     2006 

    Wawa’s annual charitable giving tops $5.6 million

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     2008 

    Coffeetopia celebrates Wawa’s coffee selection

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     2008 

    100% Colombian brew is launched

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     2009 

    Wawa customers and associates donate almost 3,000 pints of blood in the annual blood drives

  • 2010's
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     2010 

    Built-to-Order Smoothies and Frozen Cappuccinos are launched

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     2010 

    April 14, 2010: 1 billionth surcharge-free ATM transaction is celebrated!

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     2012 

    First Florida store opens in Orlando on July 18

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     2012 

    Associate ownership increases to 38%

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     2012 

    Freshly made Specialty Beverages like Hot & Iced Lattes, Hot Chocolates, and more are launched

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     2012 

    Nametags “Proudly Associate Owned"

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     2013 

    Rolls are baked fresh in stores

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     2014 

    Wawa celebrates its 50th Anniversary

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