The Wawa New Site Acquisition team is responsible for creating and executing the company's Real Estate site selection strategies, real property acquisition program, site engineering efforts, and new store development plans. The Site Acquisition team is also active in the company's Real Estate efforts with governmental relations, lobbying, political processes and public relations. They have a beginning to end mission and will remain involved with all aspects of new store development, starting with the identification of a market, continuing to contract negotiation, the design and engineering of the stores, the zoning and building permit processes and throughout the construction phase of new stores.
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The Additions and Improvement team is responsible for enhancing, enlarging and rebuilding current operating Wawa stores. The improvement process may involve purchasing adjacent properties to expand parking lots and buildings. The team is responsible for negotiating contracts to purchase additional properties and lease additional space. They also manage the project's design and engineering, zoning and building permit processes, and follow the project through the construction phase.
The Real Estate Department also specializes in the sale and leasing of excess land adjacent to existing Wawa stores, vacant commercial buildings and ongoing businesses owned by Wawa, Inc.
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The Engineering and Construction Department is responsible for the design, engineering and construction of all new stores, remodels and parking lot additions. The engineering staff determines the best layout for each site, supervises the preparation of engineered site plans and teams with the Real Estate Managers to obtain land development approvals and building permits. Architectural designers manage the design of building prototypes, supervise the preparation of building plans, and assist with construction issues. The Construction Project Managers assist in the bid process, award contracts, provide job site management, oversee the installation of all equipment, and turn the completed project over to store operations.
The Property Management team in the Real Estate Department performs various services from leasing retail and commercial space, to the sale of excess property and ongoing businesses, as well as total management of Wawa non-store and non-operating properties. This department also specializes in the review of tax assessments on all Wawa and tax appeals and related cost savings.