New Center City Wawa Should Open on September 18th

The opening of the flagship Wawa at Broad and Walnut has been pushed up. It should be open by the end of summer.

Wawa Broad and Walnut

The sign outside the Broad and Walnut Wawa has been altered to reflect the pushed-up opening.

Center City’s first new Wawa in decades should be open by the end of the summer.

Wawa is hoping to open its new Broad and Walnut location about a week before Pope Francis visits Philadelphia, likely on September 18th, a company spokesperson confirmed to Philly Mag. The signs outside the former Robinson Luggage were recently changed from a Fall to a Summer opening.

Wawa first targeted an opening around Thanksgiving.

Wawa - Broad and Walnut rendering

A rendering of the new Wawa and Broad and Walnut.

Wawa closed two locations (20th and Locust, 20th and Chestnut) in 2008, which led to WawaTF protests. It closed several Center City locations throughout the 2000s. Since then, though, it’s renovated all its Center City spots. (The Chinatown Wawa closed earlier this year, but Wawa is reportedly looking for a new spot in the area.) The new location will essentially be the flagship Wawa.

There is still no word if Wawa plans to serve beer at the new spot.