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Wawa Expects to Give Away 1.7M Cups of Coffee for Wawa Day

Wawa celebrated its anniversary by announcing a second center city location and giving away free coffee to all customers at every location. (Published Thursday, April 14, 2016)

Wawa lovers, rejoice!

That cup o' Joe you grab at your favorite convenience store each morning is free Thursday in honor of Wawa Day.

The promotion, which honors the 52nd anniversary of the Philadelphia region's convenience store giant, will give every customer a free cup of coffee -- any size -- all day long.

Wawa, which expands as far as Florida expects to give away 1.7 million free cups of coffee over its more than 720 stores Thursday.

"1.7 million is a pretty big number, but the number we are most proud of is the millions of lives impacted through the charitable efforts of The Wawa Foundation," said Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens. “Happy Wawa Day, everyone, we toast you all!

Wawa opened its first store in Folsom, Pennsylvania in April 1964. The Delaware County-based business launched its charitable Wawa Foundation in honor of its 50th anniversary in 2014 and has since made $22 million in contributions to combat hunger and honor every day heroes, said the company.

"During the anniversary week of our entrance into retail, Wawa Day provides us with a chance to connect with and honor the millions of customers who have been so integral to Wawa’s growth over the past 52 years," said Gheysens. "At Wawa, we exist to go beyond filling customer orders to fulfilling the lives that we touch every day. Our core purpose is exemplified through the commitment of The Wawa Foundation to give back to the communities we serve, as well as through the dedication of our thousands of associates who make the Wawa experience so special. It’s always meaningful to celebrate our customers, associates and communities with one of our most beloved Wawa products."

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