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Falls Township site chosen for first-ever “drive thru only” Wawa

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If all goes according to plan, the first-ever “drive thru only” Wawa store will open by year’s end in Falls Township.
 
The Falls supervisors approved land development plans in 2017 for an adjacent Wawa situated at the former Acme, as well as a 14,578-square-foot pharmacy – which has since opened as a Rite Aid – and an 1,850-square-foot restaurant with a drive through.
 
The 1,840-square-foot “drive thru only” Wawa would be built in place of the restaurant, at the intersection of West Trenton Avenue and Pine Grove Road.
 
Wawa submitted site plans to Falls Township July 29, and anticipates beginning construction by the end of August. The store is planned to open Dec. 10.
 
Wawa Real Estate Project Engineer Mike Redel said Wawa chose the Falls Township location because the intersection sees an average of 25,000 cars per day and is in the commercial district near a strong residential population.
 
“This is a brand-new venture for us, and we think this location is the perfect place to test it,” Redel said. The “drive thru” window will front Route 13.
 
“It is meant to serve ‘drive thru’ customers only, with no customer access to the store,” Redel said. “The menu will be limited to our most popular items, with a focus on value bundles with chips and a drink.”
 
The store also will offer curbside pickup.
 
Wawa will spend more than $2 million on the location. The store is expected to employ 25 associates, including four full-time employees.
 
“Particularly in the wake of COVID-19, with concerns over minimizing person-to-person contact, Wawa’s ‘drive thru only’ store just makes sense,” Falls Township Supervisor Chairman Jeff Dence said.

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