The company that started Wawa Restaurant is actually not in the restaurant business. It was involved in the dairy business, and the owners started the restaurant as a dairy product outlet.
However, when the restaurant grew fast, the owners began to seriously think about significantly changing its face and character – from a dairy outlet to a full-blown dine-in restaurant complete will a whole set of menus and drinks. Now, Wawa offers a wide variety of breakfast, snacks, sandwiches, coffees, beverages and ice cream.
The restaurant’s current goal is to provide a place where customers can enjoy the freshest ingredients for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.
A Look at the History of Wawa
Wawa is the largest convenience store chain in the Greater Philadelphia based on data gathered in 2008. It is also the third biggest food retailer in the same area. But surprisingly, the very first Wawa company was not in the food business when it started.
Wawa started out as an iron foundry back in 1803. George Wood, a businessman from New Jersey transferred in 1890 to Delaware County, to start the Wawa Dairy Farm. He bought 1,000 acres of land in the Chester Heights and imported cows from Guerney, a British Island.
The process of pasteurization was not yet invented at that time, so a lot of children got sick from drinking contaminated milk. Wood has his milk produce certified by a doctor as safe to drink. This convinced many to buy his dairy products.
Demand for Wood’s milk grew in the 1920s with the help of his slogan: “Buy Health by the Bottle.” However, in the 1960s, people preferred to buy milk from the grocery stores, instead of having them delivered in their homes.
Wawa faced this challenge by opening a number of dairy stores. Grahame Wood eventually opened the first Wawa Food Market on April 16, 1964 at MacDade Boulevard in Folsom, Pennsylvania. This store is still operating today.
The Wawa Food Market was a part of a growing trend in those days – that of the convenience store. These types of stores not only sell milk, but also other food products and beverages, together with other dairy products from the Wawa dairy farm.
Best Selling Menus of Wawa
People have been flocking to Wawa restaurants because of the varied and delicious menu they offer, at very affordable prices. Here are some of the popular food items that people often order when eating in this restaurant.
This restaurant offers a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the breakfast favorite is the built-to-order Breakfast Burritos, made with Applewood Smoked Bacon.
Wawa also serves soups such as Broccoli Cheddar, New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque and many more. These soups are available in small, medium, large and family-size servings.
There are different sides that Wawa offers. You can try their Mac & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes or Meatballs. They are also available in different sizes.
There are new meal varieties for you to try, such as the new Spicy Turkey, Chicken Salad, Avocado and Bacon. Each of these is stacked high with Applewood smoked bacon, tomato on white toasts and lettuce.
If you go there for snacks, you can head straight to their Wawa Express to get mini meals, snack packs or fresh fruits. Or you can get buffalo chicken bites, a Wawa hot dog, or a variety of stuffed and soft pretzels.
Wawa also serve Ready To Go Salads which are quick, fresh and easy options that you can eat for lunch or dinner. You can also try their Ready To Go Wraps which are tasty dishes wrapped up in fresh lahvash bread.
Wawa Charitable Activity
Not all in Wawa is centered on making profit. This company also practices charity as its way of sharing their profit to the community that patronizes its stores.
In celebrating their 50th year in the retail business, Wawa chose to launch the Wawa Foundation Inc. a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. This foundation allows the company to support communities and fulfill lives in more comprehensive ways.
Its goal is to commit $50 million in the next five years to causes that support Health, Hunger and Everyday Heroes. In relation to this effort, Wawa is supporting the local Feeding America Food Banks through the Check-Out Hunger Campaign! until December 21. Wawa diners are encouraged to donate $1, $3, or $5 through the company’s scan campaign.
From the opening of its first store in 1964, Wawa has been establishing good community relations. This is at the center of Wawa’s commitment to help charitable causes.
The company does it through in-store fundraising and Wawa associates volunteering their services at community events. As its business grows all over the country, the local communities can expect Wawa giving back through their support of charitable events.