The long-anticipated Georgetown Wawa is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, with a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting later that morning. The 24-hour convenience store will occupy over 7,000 square feet in the old Restoration Hardware space at 1222 Wisconsin Ave. NW, at the corner of Prospect Street.
While Wawa was applying for its D.C. government permits, the news was met with some hostility from Georgetowners. The company has tried to placate concerns by strictly adhering to architectural standards and promoting itself as a community boon.
Founded in 1964 in Pennsylvania, Wawa began earlier as a dairy and now operates 800 stores. Its name is an American Indian word for a Canada goose, hence its logo.
Wawa opened its first D.C. store last year around this time at 1111 19th St. NW. Stores are planned in Columbia Heights and Tenleytown as the company expands in and around Washington over the next several years. By 2023, there could be as many as 20 stores in D.C. and perhaps 50, give or take, across the metropolitan area.