Wawa held the official opening ceremony of the new store at 2500 Philmont Ave. in Huntingdon Valley on Friday morning with local officials and an appearance by Wawa's mascot, Wally Goose.
Wawa has 630 stores in six states, and employs over 21,000 people. The new Lower Moreland Township store employs 40 associates, all new positions within the company.
State Representative Thomas Murt said, having been a commissioner in Upper Moreland for ten years, he knows the kind of hours and hard work to bring a "project like this to the finish line."
Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards said Wawa has made her a "hero" in her family and he thanked the company for making life convenient for busy families.
Jill Blumhardt, Lower Moreland Commissioner for Ward 2 said the new Wawa is the first completed project in the revitalization district int the township.
"It's a great day to be on Philmont Avenue," said Blumhardt.
After the official ribbon cutting, Lower Moreland Police faced off against Huntingdon Valley Fire Department in a Hoagies for Heroes competition. The teams were three minutes to build as many hoagies as they could.
After three minutes, with 41 hoagies to 36, the Huntingdon Valley Fire Company won the Hoagies for Heroes competition and took home the trophy.
Wawa donated $1,000 to the charity of choice for both departments. The police department was playing for Mission Kids and the fire department was playing for the Children's Burn Foundation.
As part of the grand opening festivities, the new Wawa is offering free any size coffee through July 28.