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City Council member Garrett Dennis and store manager Donna Plant prepare to cut the ribbon during grand-opening ceremonies Wednesday at the 6787 Wilson Blvd. Wawa store.

First of many: Wawa opens on Westside

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

City Council member Garrett Dennis and store manager Donna Plant prepare to cut the ribbon during grand-opening ceremonies Wednesday at the 6787 Wilson Blvd. Wawa store.

And it's cut....

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

And it's cut....

The Edward H. White High School band dances outside the Wawa.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

The Edward H. White High School band dances outside the Wawa.

The Edward H. White High School band takes a photo after the ceremonies.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

The Edward H. White High School band takes a photo after the ceremonies.

Free coffee is offered as a grand-opening perk.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Free coffee is offered as a grand-opening perk.

A color guard was on hand as the national anthem was sung.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

A color guard was on hand as the national anthem was sung.

Police officers make hoagies before the grand opening ceremony. Later they would take on firefighters in a hoagie-making contest.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Police officers make hoagies before the grand opening ceremony. Later they would take on firefighters in a hoagie-making contest.

Crowds fill the store during the grand opening.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Crowds fill the store during the grand opening.

Wawa employees dance during the opening.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Wawa employees dance during the opening.

Gas was $1.99 for regular on opening day.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Gas was $1.99 for regular on opening day.

Customers gas up at $1.99 a gallon for regular.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Customers gas up at $1.99 a gallon for regular.

Wally Goose and Shorti the hoagie greet visitors inside the store.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Wally Goose and Shorti the hoagie greet visitors inside the store.

The national anthem is played during the grand-opening ceremony.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

The national anthem is played during the grand-opening ceremony.

The Wawa is the first to open in Duval County.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

The Wawa is the first to open in Duval County.

Wawa is at 6787 Wilson Blvd.

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 |

Wawa is at 6787 Wilson Blvd.

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