BEER AT WAWA

Wawa gets OK to sell beer at Con­cord store

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - By Kath­leen E. Carey kcarey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @dt­busi­ness on Twit­ter

CON­CORD >> Wawa has got­ten state ap­proval to start sell­ing six packs – at one of their lo­ca­tions, any­way.

On Wed­nes­day, the Penn­syl­va­nia Liquor Con­trol Board ap­proved Wawa’s restau­rant liquor li­cense at its store at Naa­mans Creek Road and Route 202.

This was the fi­nal gov­ern­men­tal ap­proval needed to al­low Wawa to be­gin sell­ing 192 ounces, or two six packs at a time, of malted brewed bev­er­ages.

“We’re thrilled to say that our li­cense has been ap­proved to sell beer in our Con­cordville Wawa store pend­ing com­ple­tion of the nec­es­sary mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the store that com­ply with the use of a restau­rant li­cense,” said Lori Bruce Wawa pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager, in a com­pany state­ment.

As part of its agree­ment with Con­cord Town­ship, cer­tain mod­i­fi­ca­tions, such as con­struc­tion of a sep­a­rate area for the sale and con­sump­tion of al­co­hol aside from the rest of the con­ve­nience store, needs to be met be­fore beer can be­gin to be sold there.

How­ever, the Wawa state­ment said that mod­i­fi­ca­tions are an­tic­i­pated to be­gin this fall with a project com­ple­tion date set for Jan­uary.

“The unique space avail­able at this store en­ables us to add seat­ing and have a des­ig­nated food ser­vice area,” it con­tin­ued.

This project been in the works for al­most a year and a half, when Wawa ap­proached Con­cord Town­ship for con­di­tion­aluse ap­proval to sell beer at this lo­ca­tion. Com­pany of­fi­cials have in­di­cated they don’t in­tend to sell wine, as some su­per­mar­kets with sim­i­lar restau­rant li­censes have started do­ing.

At the time, they si­mul­ta­ne­ously planned to trans­fer a restau­rant liquor li­cense from the closed Jimmy D’s in Folcroft for the Naa­mans Creek Road store.

In 2015, Con­cord town­ship su­per­vi­sors voted to al­low Wawa to sell beer at the Naa­mans Creek Road store with cer­tain con­di­tions. Wawa ap­pealed that in Delaware County Com­mon Pleas Court, where changes were ne­go­ti­ated.

Some of the stip­u­la­tions in­cluded re­quir­ing beer to be pur­chased be­fore it’s con­sumed and re­strict­ing on-site con­sump­tion to one bot­tle or can per day for each cus­tomer in the cafe.

In ad­di­tion, Wawa was in­structed to de­sign and con­struct a sep­a­rate area in the store solely for beer sales and drink­ing, in­clud­ing a cooler, seat­ing for 30 and a ded­i­cated reg­is­ter. This area will be iden­ti­fied through sig­nage and a 4-foot-high wall di­vid­ing this area from the re­main­der of the store.

PLCB spokes­woman El­iz­a­beth Bras­sell said the ap­proved li­cense in­cludes the sale of in-per­son con­sump­tion of beer, wine and liquor, al­though Wawa of­fi­cials have main­tained they are only in­ter­ested in sell­ing beer at this time.

Bras­sell said it was solely up to the li­censee, af­ter ap­proval, what they would sell as far as beer, wine or liquor for cafe pa­trons.

How­ever, Wawa would be lim­ited to sell­ing 192 ounces, or the equiv­a­lent of two six packs, for take­out.

The lo­ca­tion at Naa­mans Creek Road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and also sells gaso­line.

PLCB of­fi­cials said restau­rant li­censes al­low fa­cil­i­ties to sell malted brewed bev­er­ages on premises from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., al­though Wawa had agreed to a

“We cur­rently view this as a sin­gle­store, prod­uct expansion and at this point we have no spe­cific plans to ex­pand this fur­ther.” — Wawa state­ment

RICK KAUFF­MAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Wawa in Con­cord at Naa­mans Creek Road and Route 202 will be­come the first Wawa in Delaware County to of­fer beer sales.

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