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Wawa Plans to Open in Bradenton; Are You Excited?

Developers have chosen a site and cleared an early hurdle in developing Bradenton's first Wawa gas station and convenience store. Would you shop there?

Bradenton is poised to get its first Wawa gas station and convenience store.

The popular Midwest chain is on an aggressive Florida expansion, with Bradenton one of the next in line for development. (See Wawa Exploring Possibility For Bradenton Store.)

The city's planning commission has agreed to grant Wawa developers a special use permit for a site at 4455 State Road 64 East, according to Bradenton.com.

Plans for the Wawa development are expected to be heard on June 12 at 8:30 a.m., when the planning commission's recommendations for the store are presented to the City Council at its regular meeting, according to Bradenton.com.

The developers have not announced a date yet on when they expect Wawa to open. The chain is popular for its fresh, custom-made sandwiches, coffee and low-cost gas.

The developers already have stated meeting with neighbors to address concerns, senior planner Darenda Marvin told the commission. Marvin said the company has tried to do outreach with neighborhood associations as well. Braden River Lakes residents have expressed some concerns about traffic and safety to the planning commission.

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R. Smith May 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Oh boy, another convenience store to be held up and robbed in East Bradenton.
Palmetto Joe May 17, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Coming from philly wawa has great coffee and there hoagies were good...but unfortuanatly good things always flounder out with robberies...beatings...holdups...emplyee theft...prescription pills...Welcome to Florida WAWA!
dave May 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Residents of Braden River lakes are certainly not happy about this... There is already 8 convenience/gas stations within 3 miles! There were more but some have closed as a result of poor economy - get a clue Wawa.
Cat Provenzano May 17, 2013 at 03:09 PM
I am just happy I do not live there anymore. It was bad enough sending my daughter up to the church parking lot to catch the bus in the wee hours of morning. Now they have a convenience store there? That doesn't sound safe, let alone the bright lights of a gas station, the noise. The traffic. Stupid idea, and no, I wouldn't shop there. Like I said, I am just happy we moved.
Maureen May 17, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I've been buying gas there every week (on Ghandi) on my way to Clearwater. The gas is cheaper there, the pumps are fast and they have very good sandwiches.
Me Z May 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM
I wouldn't go to anyplace called "Wawa"!
JWaz May 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM
They are from the Northeast not Midwest.
Palmetto Joe May 17, 2013 at 05:36 PM
WAWA, Pennsylvania , right outside of Philly
Jennifer May 17, 2013 at 06:53 PM
WaWa is an amazing store and they have done very well in Orlando. I am from the Philadelphia area originally and have been a patron for years. In the Northeast they are a mainstay of life. They opened in Florida last year and have been very well received. I think locations are more an indicator of crime, not the brand of convenience store. Hoping they do well enough to expand to West Bradenton in the near future. Wearing a Wawa shirt right now in fact. For those who would like to know Wawa is Ojibwe word for "wild goose" which is the logo for the firm. Amazing employer and great community service and involvement. Excited they are coming to town.
Jennifer May 17, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Can't wait. Pennsylvania native that grew up on Wawa coffee and sandwiches. They expanded from the Northeast to Florida last year and we enjoyed the community service and job opportunities they provided in Orlando right before we relocated.
Barbara Inglese May 18, 2013 at 03:30 AM
can"t wait...great coffee
Jonathon Jerloggen May 19, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Philly Doesn't?
Jonathon Jerloggen May 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM
No. I meant Philly is Crimeless? Wow..who woulda thought it.
A. Leon Gat May 23, 2013 at 07:58 AM
I am a Connecticut native and there were plenty of "WAWA's there in the late 60's, 70's when I would go home on leave from the Marine Corps. NO problems in my neighborhood. It is not their fault that idiots choose to rob any more it's 7/11's or any other businesses fault. Whatever legal job or business chooses to open in a neighborhood is no more their fault than it is yours no matter WHAT legal business you are associated with. If someone chooses to rob a bank or a McDonalds is it the owners fault? Think logically people. Businesses produce jobs. If there are jobs, then robberies go down. A thief or robber will still be the same no matter what. DUH!!!!!
Sophia May 23, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Thank you for your intelligent comment full of sense and reality. I agree any improvement to the community that offers employment is always welcome. It's seem crazy of the comments of "lighting and traffic"...would there be a constant massive rush to line up for this new Wawa? No, but it is nice to have new & fresh businesses in the area, instead of 7/11 on every corner. And lighting is a bonus to cut down on crime, unless you live out on AMI & need to protect the turtles nesting..... Welcome Wawa! If you could bring a few more into West Bradenton that would be nice as well. There are plenty of vacant buildings on Cortez Rd W & Manatee Ave that would welcome you.
Mme. d'Estape May 23, 2013 at 06:55 PM
It would be nice if communities could work with employers who pay real money and employ lots of people in clean, quiet offices or workplaces rather than to simply offer redundant gas stations every few hundred feet.
Laurie James June 14, 2013 at 02:34 AM
The Wawa would be directly east of the 7-11. Really stupid decision as stated previously there are already several gas station/convenience stores in this area. Not worried about the crime factor as this is a decent area but seriously how much cheaper could the gas be or how great the coffee esp. with sbux opening right down the street also. We don't need another stinkin' gas station/store.
Dom Bianco June 15, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Grew up in Delaware county PA (which is where Wawa HQ is. You need to go visit a Wawa before you pass judgment. They are NOT like any other gas and convenience store around. They own their own dairy, in fact as a kid they delivered door to door in glass bottles. I am psyched they are opening a location here in Manatee. I will drive out of my way to go there. Just wait you will too.

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