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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wawa's plans to move into the Sunshine State are beginning to take concrete shape as construction is set to begin on a convenience store in Orlando. The site will be the Pennsylvania-based retailer's first in Florida.
The 5,000-square-foot Wawa will rise across from Sea World at International Drive and Central Florida Parkway, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, and the c-store is slated to open its doors in July. Cuhaci & Peterson Architects of Orlando designed the location.
This will be the first of several stores Wawa has planned for the state. Four more are expected to follow, including two in Orlando, on Hoffner Avenue and S. Goldenrod Road, and John Young Parkway and Silver Star Road. The remaining two will open in Kissimmee, on U.S. Highway 192 and Simpson Road, and Orange Blossom Trail and East Donegan Avenue, the newspaper reported.
In total, Wawa hopes to grow its portfolio by 100 Orlando-area stores in the next five years.