by “The Food Guy” – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine
November 30th, 2016
One of the most highly anticipated new business openings in Vero Beach as of late has been the new Wawa station being built on US Hwy 1. While Wawa does sell gasoline, most people say they are a restaurant and convenience store first, and a gas station second. I’ve heard the rumors about the food being really good, but honestly how good can gas station food be anyway? Everything that I did get to taste today was fantastic! I was really surprised by all of the variety and options you have to choose from. They have breakfast options that are available all day, soups, salads & wraps, hoagies & sandwiches, freshly made snacks, and quick grab and go options as well. I hope to be going back very soon to do a complete food review, so stay tuned for that in the upcoming weeks!
To place an order for a food item, there are kiosks throughout the store. You tap the screen to get started, select your options, place your order and get a ticket with an order number. You then take that ticket to the register and pay for it. I was told that they hope to have your order ready in only 5 minutes, so from the time of placing it and paying for it, you should only have to wait a short time for it. I plan to test this out on one of my next visits to see if they can actually get them done in this short of time.
Grand Opening Festivities
The store officially opens to the public tomorrow, December 1st at 8:00am. Their Grand Opening festivities start at 10:00am. There will be a parade of Wawa’s milestones, local representatives, members of the police & fire departments, and Wawa management and conclude with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Grand Opening event will conclude with Hoagies for Heroes, a hoagie building competition between local police and fire departments, who will face off in a battle of bravery, skill, and sandwich-making expertise. The winning team will win $1,000 to be donated to their local charity of choice.
Below is a photo gallery of my visit today!
About 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 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today, Wawa is the all-day, everyday stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. In 2015, Wawa was named “America’s Most Beloved Convenience Store” by a Market Force study of 7,000 consumers, and in 2016 Wawa was recognized by Forbes as one of “America’s Best Large Employers”, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. A chain of more than 730 convenience retail stores (almost 500 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as built-to-order hoagies, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, built-to-order specialty beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides, and snacks.
The Vero Beach store is the 101st store in the Wawa family, and the 29th one to open in 2016.
Address: 1180 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone Number: 772-323-8736