Wawa Whets Its Appetite for Beer Sales in Chadds Ford

A Wawa service station sign.

Hoagies with beer is likely to be a popular combination ordered at the Wawa in Chadds Ford come January 2017, when the convenience store chain plans to finish a 30-seat “restaurant” area and sell beer to drink there or take home.

The move is a one-store Wawa experiment that has already endured much scrutiny from Concord Township, beer distributors, and neighbors, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Caitlin McCabe.

“As we do with all additions and innovations, we will monitor its success and continue to assess its potential,” spokeswoman Lori Bruce said.

It’s also a first since it sold beer near the University of Pennsylvania from 1986 to 2003. Wawa has been pursuing the privilege to sell beer in Chadds Ford since even before Gov. Tom Wolf signed off on new, looser state regulations earlier this year.

Read more about that journey and Wawa’s official Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approval in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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