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Hilltown’s Wawa construction is back on line


A “Super Wawa” is still in the cards for the bustling intersection of Route 313 and Route 113 in Hilltown, township officials told the Herald.

Township Manager Lorraine Leslie said that Wawa representatives recently contacted Hilltown and indicated that construction at the site would be resuming. Limited activity appeared to already be underway on Monday.

“They hope to be open by March of 2021,” Leslie said.

Work had previously begun, including demolishing an older Wawa that had been on site in order to make way for the new larger “super” store, which is slated to be about 5,600 square feet.

However, construction paused.

“We’ve heard that it was on hold due to various complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hilltown Supervisor Caleb Torrice.

“Everything that was previously approved remains approved.”

That previous approval allows the site to be developed with not just the Wawa store, but also eight gas pumps that would feature a total of

16 fueling stations. The site with the older, smaller store did not have gas pumps.

In addition, township officials gave the green light for a fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru to be situated at the approximately 4-acre property.

“As far as we understand the plan is to still have a fast-food chain, but that will not be built until ‘phase 2’ of the project,” Leslie said. “So far there hasn’t been an indication as to what the fast-food restaurant will be.”

Given the inactivity at the site in recent months, some Hilltown locals had started to wonder if the project would ever come to fruition. Bottom line for the curious: The Super Wawa is still very much in the works.