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Wawa marks 50th anniversary with free coffee

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: April 16, 2014 at 07:41 AM

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Wawa convenience stores are relatively new to the Tampa Bay area, but they arrived just in time to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

To celebrate, the chain is offering free cups of coffee today to mark a half-century since the first shop opened in suburban Philadelphia.

Grahame Wood established the original outlet in Folsom, Pa., on April 16, 1964. The company now has more than 640 stores in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Early today, company executives were to re-enact the first transaction at the Folsom store. Employees will wear vintage uniforms and historical signs and photos will be displayed.

A similar event was planned at a store in downtown Philadelphia.

Wawa is a Native American name for the “Canada goose.” The bird’s image appears in the company logo.

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