- Wawa opened its first location in Washington, DC on Thursday.
- The much-anticipated location is also the largest Wawa in the world.
- People swarmed to the new Wawa, camping out for hours before opening and rejoicing at the arrival of the cult favorite.
Wawa just opened its largest location yet in Washington, DC – and local fans of the convenience chain are swarming to the shop.
The gas station and convenience chain opened its first ever location in Washington, DC on Thursday morning. The location has the additional distinction of being the largest Wawa in the world.
The reaction was overwhelming. People flooded to the location, lining up hours before opening. One person even says he camped out the night before to make sure he was the first person in line.
Here’s what the chaotic and ecstatic scene was like on Wawa’s first day of business in Washington, DC.
People showed up an hour-and-a-half early for Wawa’s 8 a.m. opening.
One person even seems to have camped out overnight.
“We are Wawa!” the crowed yelled, according to Philly.com.
The long line stretched down the block — but for dedicated Wawa fans, it was worth the wait.
“Thank you for making my home of the last 8 years that much homier. #wawa I have never loved you more, which is saying a lot,” one person wrote on Instagram.
After 8 years of bitching that it wasn’t here, writing letters, renting zip cars to celebrate the end of finals, mapping out every Wawa within a 20 mile radius of DC and telling anyone who would listen that #wawa is not just a convenient store, but a way of life, the day has finally come that we finally have our own. Thank you for making my home of the last 8 years that much homier. #wawa I have never loved you more, which is saying a lot.
“After 8 years of b—-ing that it wasn’t here, writing letters, renting zip cars to celebrate the end of finals, mapping out every Wawa within a 20 mile radius of DC and telling anyone who would listen that #wawa is not just a convenient store, but a way of life, the day has finally come that we finally have our own,” the caption reads.
Things were even more crowded inside.
Eager shoppers, having waited in line for hours, crowded into the store.
At 9,200 square feet, the Washington, DC store is the biggest Wawa in the world.
Wawa’s goose mascot was there to greet shoppers.
The location was also serving up special doughnuts for the eager shoppers.
A nearby Dunkin’ Donuts was forced on the defensive, handing our free coffee and munchkins.
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Wawa has more than 720 locations on the East Coast.
IT REALLY IS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!! @wawa officially opened in DC this morning. I got my BAE (bacon egg & cheese) and coffee before starting my day!! People were cheering for the eagles and getting free shirts. It was just like being home ???? They are giving free coffee for the rest of the week!! GO GO GO!!!
Source: Business Insider
The convenience chain has built a cult following, thanks to its high-quality yet inexpensive food.
There’s one thing that the DC Wawa doesn’t have — gas pumps, long a key part of the chain’s appeal.
However, for Wawa lovers, the super-sized location is perfect the way it is.