ELIZABETH – Wawa Inc. will hold the grand opening for their first store in Union County, located at 595 Spring Street in Elizabeth, next week. The chain of 600 convenience stores has locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
During this grand opening event, planned for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, Wawa will be joined by local officials, heroes, community members of Josephine’s Place and Groundwork Elizabeth for a ribbon cutting ceremony, parade of Wawa’s history and values, sampling of Wawa products, and a charitable hoagie building competition featuring Elizabeth Firefighters versus Elizabeth Police Officers.
In celebration of the grand opening, Wawa will make a contribution for $1,000 and support upcoming programs at Josephine’s Place, a space designed to help provide women with a safe place to meet, learn new skills, talk about what concerns them and discuss their problems. Wawa will also make a $1,000 contribution and support upcoming programs for Groundwork Elizabeth, which brings about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses, educational institutions and other organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.
The grand opening event will continue Wawa’s partnership with the Community FoodBank of NJ through Wawa’s Lending a Helping Hoagie Campaign. As Wawa opens each new store in Northern New Jersey, they have committed to donating a portion of hoagie sales for the first Northern New Jersey stores (up to $5,000 per store) to Community FoodBank of NJ.
“New Jersey is our home market and we are thrilled to continue our expansion throughout the state and bring the Union County community our unique brand of appetizing convenience,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa President & CEO. “We opened up our first Hudson County store in Kearny this past January, and since then, have been welcomed with open arms by the Northern Jersey community. We are thrilled to continue our ongoing mission to simplify customers’ lives in Elizabeth, as well as continue our commitment to be a good neighbor through our local community partnerships.”
Wawa plans to open another location in Woodbridge later this year.
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