Supervisors Approve Beer Sales at Suburban Philadelphia Wawa

Shoppers will now be able to pick up a six-pack of beer at a Delaware County Wawa.

The Concord Township Board of Supervisors approved the sale of beer at the Wawa at 721 Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford Tuesday night during a meeting at the township building on Thornton Road. The decision was made quickly as public comments were already heard at previous meetings.

With the approval, six-packs of beer will be added to the store's product line, according to the Delco Times. The Times reports Wawa will create a separate 400-square foot space within the store for "beer sales and consumption." The space will also include a cooler and seating for 30 people. Customers will face limits of buying two six-packs at a time.

The Chadds Ford store is the first Wawa in Pennsylvania to win approval.

"I can come to Wawa, get an awesome sandwich and pick up a six-pack and go home," said Dan Street of Chadds Ford. "That would be amazing."

Not everyone is excited about the decision however. Local beer distributors who have dominated Pennsylvania's beer market say the extra competition will hurt their business.

"There's only so much beer that could be sold in a geographical area so the more people that are selling it obviously the less that will be bought from us I mean there's no way around it," said Steve Blaisse of D&I Beverage.

While Wawa officials said they were only seeking approval for the Chadds Ford store, they may try to expand the product to other locations if beer sales are successful. They will need approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board however.

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