Wawa to break ground on at least two sites April 6

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Wawa will break ground April 6 on at least one site in Duval County and one in Clay County, but has not announced the addresses.

The company issued “Save the Date” announcements for 10 a.m. in Duval County and 1:30 p.m. in Clay County.

The Pennsylvania-based gas station and convenience store chain has said it will open three locations in Northeast Florida this year, 10 more next year and then two to four each year annually until it reaches capacity.

He said Wawa thinks Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties can support 40 stores.

The three this year would comprise two in Duval and one in Clay, said Brian Duke, Wawa regional real estate manager.

Duke would not confirm the sites that will open this year. The city is reviewing building permits for five Wawa stores in Duval County, including one at The Crossing at Town Center. Many of the retail stores and restaurants announced for The Crossing and the adjacent Strand at Town Center developments have said they will open by year-end.

The four other Wawa stores in for permitting are along Old Middleburg Road in Oakleaf Corner; in West Jacksonville at 6787 Wilson Blvd.; at 9731 Beach Blvd., at Beach and Southside boulevards; and in EastPark at Beach Boulevard and Central Parkway.

In Clay County, two Wawa sites are in review along Blanding Boulevard – one at Filmore Street and another at Henley Road.

Duke said last week that Wawa has 10-12 sites under contract in the region.

The Daily Record has identified 11 locations. Last week Duke confirmed an additional site along Baymeadows Road, east of Interstate 95, also is under consideration.

He also said Wawa was working “on a number of locations” in St. Johns County.

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