Somers Point Wawa is closing Wednesday

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Wawa at New Road and Rhode Island Ave. in Somers Point is closing Wawa at New Road and Rhode Island Ave. in Somers Point is closing SOMERS POINT – Regulars of the Wawa at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and New Road will have an abrupt change in their routine come midnight Wednesday, Jan. 22. The store is closing, and it will not reopen.

Just last spring, Wawa Inc. feted the store’s 45th year with a “Wawa-versary” that celebrated longtime customers and staff.

Lori Bruce of the Wawa public relations department said Monday that over the years Wawa’s store design and product offerings have changed to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers, but the 600 New Road location could not be feasibly remodeled or modernized.

“Wherever possible, we modernize or relocate our older stores rather than close them,” she said.

“We are delighted that we have been able to reinvest in two of our Somers Point stores with remodels as well as recently building a new store. However, after careful and extensive evaluation, we have determined that neither option is feasible at this store. And while we are excited about our future plans for growth and expansion, we unfortunately must sometimes close some of our older stores without an immediate replacement to make those plans reality.”

Bill Carew of Somers Point said he has been a customer of the store for more than 40 years.

“I come here every day; sometimes I will leave my office and just come down here for 10 minutes for a little coffee and say hello,” he said. “They do a lot of business in this store – always have.”

He said before it was a Wawa, the spot had a drive-through coffee shop.

“It wasn’t a full store like a Wawa, but you could drive through and grab a cup of coffee. And then Wawa came, and all those customers just continued to come here,” he said.

We hope to be able to serve you at our nearby stores located at 102 New Road, 502 Shore Road, and 16 MacArthur Blvd in Somers Point.”

Bruce said Wawa has just shy of 250 stores in New Jersey – the most of any state in its six-state enterprise. The company recently began opening stores in Florida and now has 33 in the Sunshine State.

Bruce said Wawa will continue to open stores in Florida as well as through the Mid-Atlantic region. She added that depending on construction and the permitting process; the plan is to open roughly 20 to 22 new stores in the Mid-Atlantic area in the next year.

“We really never close any location without looking at every option. These decisions are never easy, but they are not unlike the other decisions we’ve made and will continue to make throughout our operating area,” she said.

Every employee at the 600 New Road store was offered a position in another location, according to Bruce. Some have taken positions in the other three Somers Point stores, while others may choose to work closer to their home turf.

“It is really important to us that our associates have every opportunity to remain with Wawa,” Bruce said.

She thanked customers for their patronage.

“You have truly embraced us as an integral part of your community – not just as merchants, but as friends and neighbors. For that we will always be grateful,” Bruce said.

As a thank you to customers, there will be free coffee Wednesday, Jan. 22 until the store closes at midnight.

According to the 23,000-square-foot site is for sale, but Bruce said she did not have the asking price. 


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