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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