Wawa's first store built 50 years ago to close

The first Wawa store, which opened in 1964 in Delaware County is closing. (Courtesy of Wawa)

The first Wawa store, which opened 50 years ago in Folsom, Delware County, will be closed to yield to a planned "Super Wawa" nearby.

The convenience store at McDade Blvd. and Swarthmore Ave. in Ridley Township will be shut down in favor of a new location on the Boulevard at Kedron Ave. The new store is scheduled to open in spring 2016, said a Wawa spokeswoman.

The new Super Wawa will hold six islands for gas pumps on a four-acre site. Construction will begin early next year.

Spokeswoman Lori Bruce said the new structure will still be considered "Wawa No. 1."

"As the location of our first-ever convenience store, our Folsom Wawa holds a special place in our hearts," Bruce said in a statement. "So it is emotional yet exciting for all of us, as we say goodbye to the physical location of our very first Wawa, while welcoming a new, state-of-the-art location in its place – in the same township, just down the street."

Bruce said the new Wawa would employ about 30 more people than the Swarthmore Ave. store. 

"We truly believe this new store is a necessary step in our evolution, the promises to offer our one-of-a-kind experience to our ever-growing Wawa family of customers and associates," she said.

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Staff writer Sam Wood contributed to this report.