CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Move over Sheetz, rival convenience store/eatery and gas station Wawa is looking to move in across the street in Centre County.
Wawa, a Philadelphia-based convenience store and gas station, has plans to enter Benner Township to open a store on Benner Pike across the street from Sheetz, Sharon Royer, Benner Township Secretary said.
“It would be located across from the Sheetz on Benner Pike in between the Dunkin’ and Fulton Bank,” Royer said in a statement.
Township supervisors saw the plans for the first time at Monday night’s meeting. Proposed plans show that Wawa would build a location across from Sheetz and in between Fulton Bank and Dunkin’ in front of Graystone Court Villas.
“And as you’ve seen it’s right across from Sheetz there,” said presenter of the plans Tony Fruchtl. “That kind of whole strip along there has always been designated for commercial development.”
This would not only be Wawa’s first Centre County store, but also the first in the entire WTAJ viewing area. It will also be the furthest west they’ve gone in the state.
“At this point we’re just in the conceptual plan stage,” said Fruchtl. “We did have a pre-submission, I’ll call it a pre-pre-submission because we still have some work to do with the county, with PennDOT and with the township engineer.”
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In April 1964, the first Wawa opened in Delaware County and has grown its footprint with hundreds of stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Florida.