A Wawa legacy store in Delco is to be torn down and replaced

A Wawa legacy store in Delaware County will soon be torn down and replaced with a larger, more improved version with gasoline pumps.

The plans for store No. 6 took another step forward on Monday when the Upper Providence planning commission recommended improvements be approved.

Wawa recently purchased two properties adjoining the current location at Providence Road and Kirk Lane to expand.

After 45 years, the owners of Campbell’s Boat House, a Delco icon, decided to set sail and sell, the Delaware County Times reported.

“You know, I am 67, it’s time to be something different. I’m worn out, I’m tired. I’m worn out," owner Bob Campbell told the paper. "We’ve got franchises all around us. You got all these Paneras and Gardens and Outbacks. They’re corporate and they can buy things at a lot less than we can. We’ve been a community cornerstone and that’s kind of going away.”

A parcel with a single family home was also purchased.

Architect Bob Linn, of Media, said the new store will site on 2.6 acres, be about 4,700 square feet and have six gas pumps.

"It's a nice straight-forward brand new clean Wawa," said Linn when reached by phone. No date has yet been set for completion, he said.

In addition, there will be 10 two-seat tables outside under a canopy, bathrooms, improved landscaping and almost double the parking.

"The existing store only has 38 spaces," Linn said. "It is going up to 70 spaces."