Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain Wawa on Wednesday announced plans to expand into three Midwestern states, including Indiana. The company has not yet identified specific locations, but a spokesperson says they are looking at several potential sites that will open “sometime after 2025.”
Wawa currently has more than 1,000 locations across six states and Washington D.C. The retail convenience stores offer built-to-order food, beverages, coffee, and, in a majority of locations, gasoline.
CEO Chris Gheysens says the expansion into Indiana, as well as Ohio and Kentucky, is part of an ongoing growth effort.
“These markets are the perfect places for Wawa to expand based on their strong business communities, their family-like atmosphere, and the confidence that our unique offer and amazing associates will be welcomed by these communities,” Gheysens said in a news release. “We look forward to bringing our freshly prepared food, specialty beverages, fuel, and convenience services to these new areas all while creating new jobs and meaningful community support.”
Wawa employs more than 45,000 people throughout its footprint and the spokesperson said each new store employs 35-40 workers on average.
The company says it expects to provide details on construction timelines and the number of new stores in each state in 2023.
Earlier this year, Wawa detailed plans to expand into Tennessee, with the first store set to open in 2025.