In the Know: Collier County making Wawa history with newest location next week
Wasn't that long ago when you had to motor the 1,200 miles to Philly to find a Wawa. Pretty far to drive for one of those weirdly named Sizzli sandwiches by the unusually named chain.
Now, Naples, will forever be part of Wawa history, with next Thursday's opening of Collier County's second location at U.S. 41 East and Price Street adjacent to the Shops at Eagle Creek.
"It is an exciting milestone for us as it will be our 200th Florida store," said Lori Bruce, Wawa's public relations manager.
A Naples area resident, James Roe, will serve as general manager, leading a team of about 40 associates.
To mark the Oct. 17 occasion, Wawa is debuting a new beverage, Florida Sunrise, at the 8 a.m. opening that will be served in all of the state's locations.
Wawa is making a public announcement on the refreshment Thursday. But as a self-appointed gold card member of its Free Air for my Leaky Tires Club, I got the skinny Wednesday night.
And it’s great news for food banks. Cheers.
The drink will benefit the Feeding Florida food bank network that includes the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. Wawa plans other philanthropic partnerships in the area that are scheduled to be announced next week.
So wondering about the concoction's contents? Sorry, no tequila.
"The Wawa Florida Sunrise is a hand-crafted beverage featuring a combination of lemonade, orange juice and strawberry all in a beautiful beverage that brings to life a Florida sunrise," Bruce said.
Yeah, it would be an Eagles song if it had that tequila.
The location will have its Cuban coffee, my favorite subject, like Wawa does at all its Florida stores. Not at Miami’s level, but it has the boost to get me through an editors meeting.
A third Wawa is planned for Rattlesnake Hammock Road and U.S. 41 East for Spring 2020. Bruce did not have a date for a fourth one that records show has been planned for Davis and Santa Barbara boulevards. Collier's first Wawa opened in 2017 at Livingston and Radio roads.
About the Wawa name: The company traces some of its roots to Wawa, Pa., which was named after the Wawa goose that got its moniker from the Ojibwe Native American tribe.
Phil Fernandez writes the In the Know column for the Naples Daily News. Contact him with ideas, tips and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org