Wawa opens in Lower Moreland Township
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“This is my Wawa,” Ward 2 Commissioner Jill Blumhardt said. “I’m very happy to see some progress here. We passed the revitalizaWLRn RrGLnDnFH, DnG WKLV LV Rur firVW SrRMHFW, Rur firVW nHZ SrRMHFW, Ln WKH revitalization district.”
According to Wawa regional real estate manager Peter Gilligan, the company has created more than 40 full-time and part-time positions at the new location. He said, in total, Wawa has 630 stores in six states with about 21,000 employees. He also said employees own nearly 40 percent of the company through an employee stock ownership plan.
“At the heart of our values is being a good corporate citizen in giving back to the communities we’re part of,” Gilligan said. “Today we celebrate this new store opening.”
In addition to residents, state Rep. Tom Murt, R-152, Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards and the township commissioners were all in attendance.
“So many reasons why I love Wawa,” Richards said. “I’m a working parent as many of us are here. I cannot tell you how many times Wawa has made me a hero with my children.”
As part of the grand opening celebration Wawa hosted Hoagies for Heroes, a hoagie building contest for the Lower Moreland Police Department and Huntingdon Valley Fire Company, with each selecting a charity for a $1,000 donation. :KLOH WKH firH GHSDrWPHnW ZRn, building 41 hoagies in three minutes compared to 36 by the police, both charities received a $1,000 donation from Wawa. The police department selected Mission Kids — Dn RrJDnLzDWLRn fiJKWLnJ FKLOG DEuVH — DnG WKH firH FRPSDny FKRVH 7KH Burn Foundation, which helps burn victims, to receive the donations.
Besides bringing business and employment to the revitalization corridor, Wawa has put in street improvements and helped with mitigating stormwater issues in the Philmont Avenue area.
Lower Moreland Township cre- ated the revitalization ordinance in 2010, which added the REV-Revitalization woning District, in order to address the need for redevelopment along parts of Philmont Av- enue and some streets crossing it.
“Thank you for having us here,” general manager Nicole Craft said. “We look forward to serving you every day with big smiles.”
Attendees, employees and community leaders take a group picture outside the new Lower Moreland Wawa.