February 13, 2019
With the opening of the largest Wawa ever late last year at Sixth and Chestnut streets, the number of Center City Wawa stores has reached eight – but a ninth could soon be on its way, potentially headed for the heart of the business district.
The Philadelphia Business Journal reported Wawa Inc. recently signed a lease for a space at 16th and Ranstead streets, just a few blocks from City Hall. At around 3,000 square feet, the space formerly was inhabited by the AT&T store across from Liberty Place, in the 33-37 S. 16th St. property.
If the property does become a Wawa, it will be the smallest of the convenience chain's Center City stores. The new Independence Mall Wawa clocks in at around 11,000 square feet; prior to that, the largest Wawa was located in Washington, DC.
Wawa has not yet confirmed the new location.
Speculation on the new store comes shortly after a new Wawa store was announced at a Wissinoming shopping center. That new store, which opens Feb. 14, includes a gas station.