Wawa, Inc. has announced that its grand opening celebration will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 25 at its new location at U.S. Hwy. 27/441 and County Road 466 in Lady Lake.
The celebration will include free T-shirts for the first 200 customers through the door, a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and a charitable hoagie-building competition between the Lady Lake Police Department and Lake County Fire Rescue.
Wawa will offer free coffee to all customers at this location from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, Aug. 4.
“At Wawa we recognize that our customers lives move at a rapid pace, and whenever we open new stores, it is our goal to deliver our unique brand of convenience in a way that fits our customers busy lives and is attuned to their specific tastes,” said Todd Souders, senior director of Florida Store Operations.
The grand opening of this location marks Wawa’s first store in Lady Lake and the 28th store opening in 2019 of 63 projected stores.
Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, Pa., in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products.