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Wawa is coming to DC, Repeat, Wawa is coming to the District!!!

by Prince Of Petworth May 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm 81 Comments

Photo by Flickr user Lauren Siegert

This is not a drill. This epic news comes from Jonah, who now is honored in the PoPville scuttlebutt hall of fame. OK – so every time we talk about what DC is missing – some folks mention Wawa. And they do so because Wawa makes delicious hoagies. So Jonah says we will find out the locations on June 13th: “They are saying unique restaurant style stores for DC customers.”



  • PhillyKid

    YAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS!! I am wild with delight at this news.

  • jonah

    I tried to get Wawa to cater my wedding. #gottahava

  • Drew

    This may be the single greatest post in the history of this site.

    • Anono

      + THIS

      My NJ heart is in heaven. This news redeemed this year.

      • JP

        +1 Growing up in Jersey, biking to Wawa to pick up comic books and candy was a near daily occurrence. I am whole again.

  • kallie

    I’m not crying, you’re crying.

  • Anon

    I hope they come to Georgetown!

    • 9thStreetNW

      Lol. Said no one, ever.

      • dcn8v67

        I live in g’town. not sure why you consider that a joke.

        • FridayGirl

          Um, because no one goes to Georgetown except for people who live there?
          Someone who used to live in Glover Park and actually has a sense of humor.

  • dcduchess

    I never got this, why is this any better than Subway or Jersey Mikes?

    • Tsar of Truxton

      I don’t get it either. Wawa is a nice gas station. I will give it that. Is it somewhere I want to go out of my way for their food? No thanks.

      • Petworthington

        How dare you sir!

      • Caroline

        Whenever people refer to Wawa as a gas station I think they must either be a millennial or someone who didn’t grow up in NJ.
        FWIW I think the hoagies were better in the old days, pre gas station. But I’m still excited.

    • Kingman Park It

      it’s better than Subway because the food is better than Subway.

      I like Wawa because it’s fast, it’s cheap, and their hoagies are solid. It’s the only cheap hoagie that’s readily available that has quality, chewy and flaky bread. And bread is the most important part of a hoagie imo.

      • anonymous2u

        Haha, they said “unique restaurant style stores for DC customers.” So I wouldn’t count on it being CHEAP

      • Bdylan89

        Jersey Mike’s and Subway are both garbage. Wawa will be a welcome addition to the District!

    • hmm

      They use actual meat…

  • CS

    This would be more exciting if it was SHEETZ!

    • JMR

      Me too!

    • Anonymous


    • Nathan

      Yeah I much prefer Sheetz. Maybe I was looking in the wrong place on the screen, but last time I was at a Wawa for breakfast I couldn’t find any basic sandwiches like Sheetz’s shumfins, schmiscuts, etc. Settled on a breakfast hoagie, which was good but weighed me down all day.

      • Zack

        Those types of sandwiches are available in the warmer near the register. They’re made pretty frequently throughout the morning. And I’ve seen people ask the deli counter people if they can make one. Wawa is good about their customer service.

        • Nathan

          Nice. Good to know! The hoagie was solid though :)

    • Elkhaert

      Dang it, replied before reading comments. I agree, Sheetz is superior.

      • Bdylan89

        Wawa >Sheetz… Not even a question!

    • Common Sense

      Sheetz is low grade dog food.

  • hmm

    As a devoted WAWA fan, I’m a little skeptical about this “restaurant-style” thing. That said WAWA is life.

    • jonah

      I am hoping this just means a Potbelly style hoagie counter (plus coffee, pretzels, wawa iced teas, etc) with some limited seating.

      • hmm

        The beauty of wawa is that they’re plentiful and easy. The sandwiches taste good for a gas station, but they’re not beyond that. Hope they still have all the other connivence store elements.

        • dcd

          Yeah, this is my feeling too. And I grew up in Jersey, and never got the Wawa fetish. You could generally bank on an independent sub shop having far superior food. Maybe everyone who loves it just lived in a food wasteland without a decent sub place, or six?

          • Caroline

            A lot of South Jersey is a wasteland, so yeah…
            I remember when a Wawa opened up four miles down the road from our house. I was thrilled that there was something, anything, besides other houses and farmland so close to us!

      • anonywawa

        Same, I’m thinking it’s the market-style one (without gas pumps), but maybe with a larger coffee and food ordering area and a couple of tables. I just want my hoagie/sizzli/pretzel, no need to make it fancy

  • John

    Call me when it’s a QuikTrip.

    • Zestious

      Read my mind! It’s between QT and Sheetz in my book

  • Zestious

    Is it April 1st? Whoever wrote this post needs to explore the greatness of America that is encompassed in convenience food marts. Amongst these titans of industry, Wawa’s is a glorified 7/11. Wawa’s menu for the tasting will consist of salty fried chicken fingers and Gatorade (hopefully served in plastic cups for a true Wawa’s experience). BTW, Sheetz beats Wawa’s hands down! Just in case you’re wondering, below is the official ranking:
    1. Sheetz
    2. QT
    3. Wawa’s (tie)
    3. Royal Farms (tie)
    5. 7/11

    • jonah

      Not sure how you judge Wawa on Gatorade. They do actually sell their own coffee, iced teas, etc. Also if you are ordering chicken fingers by all means go to Sheetz.

      • anon

        and hand scooped milkshakes for the win!

    • AndyDC20009

      I want to see Waffle House in DC.

  • anonymous

    Um….is this event open to everyone?

  • Anonymous

    I heard one through a coworker whose friend’s business is supplying some of the refrigeration materials that one location will be somewhere in or around Farragut Square.

    • Elvis’s Mom

      #wawaspy :-)

    • skj84

      be still my heart. And wallet, thats my office hood.

    • maxwell smart

      This makes sense – pick up the office lunch/afternoon snack crowd, which is what this concept seems best geared for.

  • Elvis’s Mom

    Most of the responses to this post are so happy, that I’m now happy!

  • TexanAtHeart

    How exciting! Wawa’s is my favorite convenience store behind Bucee’s.

    • MHillPark

      Buc-Ees! Love!

  • bruno

    Yay! First Dunkin’ Donuts, now WaWa.
    Good things of the north come to DC :^)

  • Billy

    I’m legitimately tearing up reading this.

  • Ross

    Please put one of these somewhere close to 14th and P. There is a real shortage of quick sandwich places for lunch in that area.

  • AndyDC20009

    Next we need Waffle Houses. 14th St should be the first location!

    • maxwell smart

      Only if it’s an artisanal, farm-to-counter, small-plates, localvore concept.

      • PleaseWH

        It is just a matter of marketing.

        It is providing a unique low country style of simple American favorites. Side or full orders of hashbrowns made in an easy to order style of fresh toppings. It is brunch all day, every day.

  • I’m overjoyed, but it won’t be the same for me if it’s not connected to a gas station.

    • anonymous

      They’ve only had the gas station portion relatively recently, growing up they were all just standalone markets. I remember how weird it was seeing the gas station version for the first time in high school

  • YallEatPiecesOfSheetz

    Wawa haters need to step off. This only arguing in here should be over what the best kind of Wawa hoagie is.

    • jonah

      I’ve moved lately to getting mine on a bagel. Yes its not a hoagie anymore but highly recommend it. Turkey, spinach, tomato, parmesan, oregano, and honey mustard. Plus soft pretzels. And their iced tea lemonade. Unless it is the fall and then the Turkey Gobbler every time.

    • Common Sense

      Chicken Salad toasted with buffalo sauce.

  • Holla

    I’ve heard from someone who has a relative that works for WaWa corporate, that handles new store openings that they are eyeing the area around 19th and L Streets NW.

    • anonymous

      Be still my heart…right between work and home. No more cooking for me!

    • maxwell smart

      well there is NO shortage of empty storefronts on 19th

      • Dupont Dan

        It is coming to the old City Sports site on 19th… or so I am told. A lot of the 19th spots have been or will soon be leased.

  • Mark

    It’s one already here in capital heights. Why is this new?

    • anonymous

      Because that one requires a 45-minute drive. It works in a pinch, but if you don’t have a car or 90 minutes to kill it’s not really a viable option.

  • Blithe

    Add one more excited: YES! I’d love to have a WaWa’s in DC. Actually, I’d love it if there were several WaWa’s in DC. Great news!

  • Elkhaert

    Eh, Sheets is better. :)

    • Elkhaert

      Dang you autocorrect, I MEANT Sheetz.

  • USBornUKMade

    Please, please, please let this be real!

  • idontgetit

    I don’t have a dog in this fight but I have a friend who is familiar with both who told me:

    Wawa=Car drivers

    You’re welcome!

    • Rich

      Sheetz is always on the highway/suburbs. Wawa has experience with urban locations.

      • Carey

        Sheetz also has urban locations without gas stations now.

    • Blithe

      I’m not familiar with Sheetz, but when I was in college, I regularly went to the very urban WaWa’s as a pedestrian, and parking in the area would have been extremely tight. The subs were basic, but very good. I’d rank them above chains like Subway, Quizno’s and Potbelly, but below restaurant quality grinders.
      – Fun moment: I was in WaWa’s when I saw this very attractive older guy, who had amazingly gorgeous eyes. He smiled at me, and I grinned back. After I left the store, a friend elbowed me and said: ” You know that was Paul Newman right?” “Who?”

      • LittleBluePenguin

        WHAT?! Paul Newman made eyes at you? And he shopped in a WaWa?! You are a lucky duck, Blithe!

      • LedroitTigah

        PAUL NEWMAN!! He was the ideal man in my book (and makes such tasty salad dressings and things)… sigh

  • Quincy dude

    I see so many Gobblers in my future next November.

    • jonah


  • Craig

    Folks, it’s just Wawa, not Wawa’s. :D

    For those few of us who grew up in Delaware long ago, Wawa was our go-to convenience store. They were seen as far superior to 7-11 and Cumberland Farms.

    Their first PA store was 1964, NJ was 1968, DE was 1969. The first Wawa with a gas station didn’t happen until 1996. So your perception of Wawa as a fuel store is highly dependent on your age. :)

    And while as a Delawarean, I feel bad calling them hoagies instead of subs, Wawa has a decent product. (The isogloss between hoagie and sub used to lie somewhere between Philly and Wilmington. I suspect it’s moved south largely due to Wawa.)

  • JrzyBoi

    I saw a Facebook ad late last week advertising Wawa jobs in Maryland and DC. I was confused since there are no stores in DC. I scoured their website for any evidence that Wawa was opening a DC store. I found nothing and my heart sank. This is the greatest news I’ve heard in so many days.

  • womp


  • PhillyGyrl

    There is a GOD!!!! Can someone PLEASE go and report back on the timeline???

    • PhillyGyrl

      Wawa is a good place holder when you cant get a serious hoagie until you go home (Philly or NJ). Sheetz is IGHT, but the Wawa experience is unmatched. milkshakes, breakfast sandwiches, hoagies, donuts….come on now. All haters EXIT!

      The only hoagie BETTER in this area is NY Italian Deli in Brandywine, Md between 301 and Branch Ave…their hoagies are BANANAS!!!!!!!….but it’s soooooooo far…



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