It’s Official: Wawa Is Coming to Georgetown
By June 26, 2017 0 37•
Wawa Inc. announced that its second D.C. store, as part of its expansion into the Washington, D.C., market, will be in the heart of Georgetown — at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Prospect Street NW, one half-block from the busy intersection of Wisconsin and M.
The 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW property — which will remain a Restoration Hardware for at least a year — is under contract to Wawa and expected to open by the end of 2018. Adjacent to the store, on Prospect Street, a parking lot is slated for redevelopment as a retail complex by McCaffery Interests, which also represented the owner of 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW .
The convenience-store company declared: “This one-of-a-kind store will feature the latest Wawa offerings with an upscale, urban feel, including customized architectural elements that meet the historical needs and requirements of the Old Georgetown Historic District. Highlights of the store will be Wawa’s signature foods and specialty beverages along with Wawa’s newest offerings, such as custom salads and nitro, cold brew coffee.”
Many in Georgetown are less than impressed, they say, by the prospect of a Wawa in town. They will get their chance to speak at the June 29 Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting, when Wawa will present its concept plans.
Speaking of the first Wawa store that will open near 19th and L Streets NW, Brian Schaller, Wawa’s chief real estate officer, said, “Both sites provide optimal locations for us to bring our unique offer to the D.C. area. This second location is one more step in Wawa’s overall D.C. expansion as we continue to look for sites and with the goal of opening numerous locations throughout the city over the next few years.”
According to the company, Wawa plans to open 25 stores in the mid-Atlantic and 25 new stores in the Florida market each year for the next several years. The plans include five to 10 stores in the Washington, D.C., market in the next two to three years.