July 18, 2012 at 11:59 am
Gov. Rick Scott welcomed Wawa convenience stores to Orlando on Wednesday at the grand opening of their first store in the state of Florida.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Wawa executives Howard Stoeckel and Chris Gheysens were also on hand for the grand opening of the chain’s first Sunshine State store, located on Orlando’s Central Florida Parkway.
The company says it will “penetrate the Central Florida market over the next five weeks,” opening five stores in Orlando and nearby Kissimmee. Almost 100 Florida stores are planned to open during the next five years, according to a release from the governor’s office. These stores represent the company’s first outside of the Mid-Atlantic states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
In a statement, Wawa executive Chris Gheysens said the new stores are ”filling a void in our new Florida customers’ lives, providing them with a level of convenience and appetite appeal our customers have come to rely on.”
“Florida is proud Wawa has chosen to expand their company here in our great state,” Governor Scott said in a release. “Today’s grand opening is evidence that more companies want to grow and expand here in Florida because of all we are doing to make our state the best place for business.”