Roadside fixture Wawa broke ground on Wednesday at its debut District outpost (1111 19th Street NW), marking the start of its plans to blanket the city over the next few years.
The brand intends to plant 30 to 50 locations in D.C. over the long term, vice president of real estate Brian Schaller said at a rainy groundbreaking event on September 6. The 9,200-square-foot storefront in Dupont Circle, the largest in the Pennsylvania-based company’s highway-hugging chain of convenience marts, is scheduled to open on Friday, December 15.
Its anticipated entry into the District will also be its most modernized and experimental location to date, featuring subway tile-wrapped walls, nitro cold brew coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a curbside patio. The urban layout is designed “to showcase our food model and bring to life upscale features for on-the-go customers,” says Schaller.