Miami Herald: First Wawa convenience store to open in Miami Gardens

  • February 04, 2016

Convenience-store sandwich aficionados who felt personally victimized by the lack of Wawas in Miami can now set down the pitchforks.

It’s happening: Wawa is coming to Miami Gardens. You can almost hear the sigh of relief in the distance. “Finally.”

The Pennsylvania-based convenience-store chain will open as part of a retail development, dubbed Miami Gardens Promenade, at the corner of Miami Gardens Drive and Northwest 27th Avenue. It will offer gas, coffee, club sandwiches, salads and breakfast options.

North Miami-based IMC Equity Group bought the 32.8-acre shopping center site for $7.08 million last year. Among Wawa’s neighbors will be Burlington Coat Factory, dd’s Discounts, Marshalls, Party City, Dollar Tree and Ross Dress for Less.

Carlos Segrera, director of acquisitions and finance at IMC, said there is a lot of excitement around the arrival of the convenience store.

“It’s a one-stop shop for everything, it doesn’t even look like a gas station, it’s like a small shopping center when you go to one of their stores,” Segrera said.

Wawa announced last year it would be opening 120 stores in South Florida between 2017 and 2022, with the first ones opening in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Naturally, fans took to Twitter to voice their outrage at not getting a Miami Wawa sooner.

“Last night I dreamt Wawa had already opened in Miami and I was so so happy,” Victoria Lane tweeted.

The store is expected to open in early 2017, Segrera said.

And for the record: It’s named after the Native American word for the Canada goose (the chain’s logo). The company’s original dairy farm was built in a rural area of Pennsylvania called — you guessed it — Wawa