It was, as Dan Killinger described with a dash of irony, another one of those "worst kept secrets" in Philadelphia.
Killinger was joking about Wawa Inc. leasing space at East Market, a mixed-use project that National Real Estate Development along with several partners are developing on the former Girard Square at 11th and Market streets. Killinger is managing director at the real estate company and joined officials from Wawa to formally announce Wednesday morning that the retailer famous for its hoagies and coffee leased 6,196 square feet at 1199 Ludlow St., the corner of 12th and Market streets. The convenience store is expected to open in the spring of 2018.
It has become a bit of a parlor game to figure out where Wawa is locating its next convenience store in Philadelphia. Last October, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported that Wawa was set to open a store at East Market as well as in the former I. Goldberg space at the corner of 13th and Chestnut streets. The speculation over where Wawa is going to open highlights the company’s popularity as well as its dedicated following. Its push into Center City has been embraced by the masses.
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“We couldn’t be happier Wawa is taking a front-row seat at East Market,” Killinger said. Read more on the plans on PBJ.com.
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