For Many Businesses, Old Wawa Stores Are a Perfect Fit

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A dinosaur statue overlooking a converted Wawa store, a business called Beach Bums.
Image via Tom Gralish, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

As Wawa continues expanding, Super Wawas replace older, more traditional convenience stores.

But those older Wawas still have plenty of life left in them, writes staff photographer Tom Gralish for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

He’s made it a practice to check up on former Wawa stores and see what’s become of them.

Most still look like Wawas–the stone facade, double glass doors, and roof lines, but that’s where the resemblance ends. 

Here’s a few enticing examples.

The dinosaur was probably added after the Wawa closed and Beach Bums opened, but who knows? This former Wawa store is at New Jersey Ave. in North Wildwood, shown from January 2016. Image via Tom Gralish, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Here’s a window display you don’t usually see in a Wawa store, found at Rt. 70 W in Cherry Hill in February 2022. Image via Tom Gralsih, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Someone has converted this Wawa convenience store on the Lincoln Highway in Coatesville into a … convenience store, as shown in this May 2022 photo. Image via Tom Gralish, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
And this former Wawa on Radio Road at Mystic Isles, NJ had the audacity to call itself a 7 Eleven as shown here in October 2013. Image via Tom Gralish, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

.By the way,  if you’ve always wanted a Wawa building of your very own, visit Wawa’s website. It lists old stores for sale.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about how Wawa stores are being repurposed in local communities.

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