Wawa’s migration: Why the convenience store chain is refocusing on Philly

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Customers place their orders at the flagship Wawa at 6th and Chestnut Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Customers place their orders at the flagship Wawa at 6th and Chestnut Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

In 2018, Wawa opened a 12,000-square-foot store on 6th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, complete with a lounge area and a dedicated bakery – it’s largest ever. On this episode of The Why, we look at why — after years of opening stores in the suburbs — the convenience store chain is renewing its focus on the city. And are the city’s hoagie-eaters as enthusiastic about Wawa as Wawa is about them?

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