Former Philadelphia Eagle Darwin Walker knows a good business opportunity when he sees it. He has bought his second Wawa in South Jersey, writes Michelle Caffrey for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Walker, a former defensive tackle who played for the Eagles from 2001 to 2006, paid $3.7 million for the latest store. Public records show a limited liability company operated by Walker acquired the property at 195 West White Horse Pike in Berlin on Sept. 6.
Another LLC tied to Walker purchased a Wawa on White Horse Pike in Somerdale for $3.1 million in March, property records show.
In an interview last year with the alumni magazine of his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, Walker said he’s focused on commercial real estate development and owns “a number of” Wawas, as well as Bojangles and Panera Bread restaurants.
Wawa’s expansion in the Philadelphia region is hard to miss. Dozens of new stores have been built or remodeled in the area in the past few years, including in Center City and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs.
As Wawa expands, Baltimore-based Royal Farms has also opened eight locations in South Jersey and seven in southeastern Pennsylvania.
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