Wawa to expand into Washington, D.C.

Wawa prepares for the opening of its store at 20th and Market Streets in December 2016. The company is now planning to expand to Washington, D.C.

Wawa is expanding to the District of Columbia.

The beloved Delaware County-based convenience store chain is set to announce its plans to set up shop in the nation's capital next month, according to reports from Washington, D.C., news outlets.

The chain, known for its hoagies, coffee and snacks, is planning to detail its D.C. plans at a June 13 event at the Newseum, according to a notice for the event posted on Prince of Petworth, a popular D.C. neighborhood blog that first reported the news.

The notice said Chris Gheysens, Wawa's chief executive, would discuss the company's timeline and store-design plans for the District.

"As a company committed ot evolving to create the best customer experiences, we invite you to hear the full story as we 'unveil' the first glimpse of our future Wawa experience and celebrate our entrance into DC!" the notice read.

The event is "for the real estate and development community and local officials," a Wawa spokeswoman told the Washington Business Journal.

The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two other Wawa locations in Washington's Virginia suburbs are scheduled to open this summer.

In Philadelphia, plans for several other new Wawa stores are in the works, including on the ground floor of an under-development East Market residential, retail and office complex.

Wawa has more than 700 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. 

The chain has somewhat of a cult-like following, and news of its expansion into D.C. was met with cheers, particularly from some District residents with Philadelphia-area ties.

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