Great news, Philly – tomorrow, your morning coffee is on Wawa!
June 11th marks Wawa Day, an annual celebration of one of Philadelphia’s favorite institutions. Free coffee of any size is a standard on this day, and tomorrow, which marks the 55th celebration of this unofficial holiday, is an exciting one for more than a single reason. It’s believed that, in its hundreds of locations along the East Coast, Wawa will give away over two million cups of coffee.
But that’s not the only treat in store. The company has been tinkering with its in-store food offerings, trying to transition Wawa from a really awesome convenience store to something bigger – more like a fast-casual eatery mixed with a cafe. Guests will get to try bites from Wawa’s new catering menu. But visitors to Center City’s Wawa outlets will be privy to something special. Chefs Michael Solomonov and Farley Kaiser of the Philly-based deli, The Rooster, will hold a Hoagies for Hope chef “showdown.” Hoagies for Hope is a special initiative in Center City Wawa stores aimed at fighting food insecurity and hunger. A special meatball hoagie called The Broad Street will be available for sale, with 100% of proceeds going to charities and food banks.
Philadelphia’s Wawa Day celebration will take place inside its location on 6th & Chestnut Streets in Center City. Mayor Jim Kenney is expected to make an appearance, along with Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens and many more special guests.
Wawa originated in 1964 in Folsom, Pennsylvania – the food market, that is. The name was previously attached to an iron foundry, and then to a dairy. Today, Wawa has locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Washington, D.C. It’s been speculated that they could double their location count by 2022.
With Wawa on the grow, there’s no better time to celebrate!