February 15, 2017

Newly renovated Delco Wawa will sell beer

Talk about a one-stop shop. A Wawa in Delaware County will soon celebrate its reopening, this time with beer stocked on its shelves.

The Wawa on the 700 block of Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford will open its doors at 9 a.m. Thursday after a monthlong renovation. This time, it's equipped with a walk-in beer cooler and a section to grab a six-pack, officials said in a news release. 

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The store will also have "restaurant-style" seating.

Wawa sells beer in some of its stores outside Pennsylvania, but the Delco location will be the first store of its kind in the Keystone State to sell beer. 

Pennsylvania's infamously strict alcohol laws have recently loosened up thanks to a handful of bills that now allow grocery stores across the state – as well as convenience stores like Wawa – to sell the adult beverages in certain instances.

During Thursday's grand reopening, Wawa will be celebrating with a beer tasting event featuring 2SP Brewing Co., Victory Brewing Co., Yuengling and Dogfish Head Brewery.

Consumers will have to wait and see whether this means that Wawa will begin expanding the service to other Pennsylvania stores.

"This new offering of restaurant-style seating and the addition of beer sales in Chadds Ford enables us to enhance the customer experience and add additional products and conveniences to our offer," Wawa said in a statement. "As Wawa’s food and beverage platforms and experience continues to grow, testing this concept will be helpful to inform the company’s future plans and assess the viability of similar concepts."