Wawa, Inc. announced the celebration of the grand opening of their brand new store located at 601 Ogletown Road, Newark, Delaware 19711. To commemorate the opening of the store, Wawa is hosting a Hoagies for Heroes hoagie building competition between the Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company, the Newark Police Department, and the University of Delaware Athletics Department.
On Friday, March 9 at 10 a.m., Wawa will officially commence the grand opening ceremony, with the help of the Honorable Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware, Lieutenant Governor Matthew Denn, Alan Levin, Director of Delaware Economic Development, and Vance Funk, Mayor of Newark.
During the event, members of the community, state and local officials, Wawa executives, store associates and Wawa’s mascot, Wally Goose, will be on hand to share in and celebrate the grand opening festivities and ribbon cutting ceremony. As part of the event, Wawa’s CEO Howard Stoeckel, will give brief remarks about the history of Wawa and, along with state and local officials, cut the ceremonial ribbon, signifying the store’s official grand opening.
Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the hoagie building contest will begin. The contest will pit the three teams representing the fire, police and University of Delaware Athletics against each other in a hoagie building contest for the charities of their choice just after the ribbon cutting. During the contest, each team will be challenged to build as many hoagies as they can in the traditional Wawa way in three minutes. Wawa will make a $1,000 to the winning team’s charity of choice, and a $500 donation to the runner up’s charities of choice.
“I know I speak for Wawa and the community when I say that we all recognize the great importance of fire fighters and police who work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe," said Stoeckel. “Our grand opening celebration is a wonderful way to bring the community and our local heroes together as well as our neighbors at the University of Delaware to celebrate our commitment to expanding in Delaware and New Castle County.”
The new Newark store features Wawa’s new design prototype, including 5,200 square feet of retail space and additional gasoline facility with 6 MPD’s that can fuel 12 cars simultaneously, as well as new in-store graphics, colors, restroom design, and merchandising features. Tony Davis will serve as General Manager of the store, leading a team of 35 associates, which are new jobs made possible through the building of the new store.
“We're happy – and we know Newark residents are happy - to have a new Wawa in the community,” said Governor Jack Markell. “We appreciate Wawa’s investment in Delaware, creating new jobs at this location and keeping people working at the many Wawa stores throughout the state.”