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Wawa, the Convenience Store with a Cult Following, Officially Opened in Miami-Dade

The Philadelphia based convenience store, gas station with famous fresh hoagies opened 3 locations in Miami-Dade in staggered timing all on Thursday.

photo credit Wawa via Miami New Times

May 9 at 9 am | 6971 SW 24th St., Miami

May 9 at 1 pm | 11990 SW 137th Ave., Miami

May 9 at 4 pm | 11101 SW 184th St., Cutler Bay

All of the locations are in very high traffic intersections and next to several other gas stations including bulk discount stores Costco and BJs, likely to compete for the bargain gas shoppers. It is known that Wawa is consistantly offering lower than average gas prices and likely they afford this with their huge sales numbers from their food market.

According to Forbes, the company brings in an estimated $9 billion in revenue from only 800 stores in six states. Wawa has more than 1.4 million fans on its official Facebook account, nearly 130,000 Instagram followers, and more than 346,000 Twitter followers.

So what is this loyal customer base after? Certainly the easy kiosk ordering and quick serve food, which might be a little better for you than the fast-food burger alternative. Plus, Wawa's are open late hours and offer great hangover foods that appeal to the college fan base. Luckily, Miami New Times has taken the guess work out by compiling a list of the 5 items you must try when visiting Wawa.

Customizable hoagies

Move over, Publix sub. Wawa makes hoagies. The full menu of hoagie sandwiches is, without a doubt, Wawa's most popular item. Wawa's hoagie rolls are baked fresh in-store daily using dough from Philadelphia's Amoroso's Baking Company. There are cute names for different sizes, from the four-inch "junior" and six-inch "shorti" to the ten-inch "classic." You can make most any type of sandwich with seemingly endless combinations of meats, toppings, sauces, and specialty add-ons you select using cool touchscreen menus at the deli counter. Choose from 32 combinations, including Buffalo breaded chicken, pepperoni pizza, and oven-roasted turkey.

Customizable coffee station

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Ten types of lattes? Seven hot chocolates? Four kinds of chai? There's a magical machine that does it all. If you prefer regular coffee, every store has an overwhelming number of roasts and brews to choose from — plus a full refrigerated creamer and sweetener bar. Wawa even does this amazing thing every now and then, selling coffee for $1 (any size) or just giving it away. The coffee is so good Wawa packages it in bags for you to take home, in case you can't make it to the store that morning (or night). And like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts, Wawa releases limited-time, seasonal flavors such as pumpkin spice.

Breakfast Sizzli

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Really, you haven't lived until you've had a bacon croissant Sizzli, the name of Wawa's branded breakfast sandwiches. Order them a dozen ways, on a bagel, croissant, biscuit, or French toast, with toppings like applewood-smoked bacon; regular, turkey, or chorizo sausage; several types of cheese; and, of course, egg. Craving breakfast late at night? Most stores are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There's also a selection of doughnuts, bagels, and muffins baked onsite daily. And don't forget the hash browns.


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No, not the dairy version. Wawa's Half & Half is an iced tea and lemonade mix (also called an Arnold Palmer) that's out of this world. Wawa also has fruit and cream smoothies, including mango, peach, bananas Foster, mint cookies and cream, chocolate-chocolate chip, and caramel cream.

Tastykake pies

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Tastykake isn't Wawa's brand, but it might as well be. For Northeastern-based Wawa fans, the brand name is especially familiar. The line of snack foods is manufactured by the Tasty Baking Company, headquartered at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center in Pennsylvania, making it a natural choice for Philadelphia-based Wawa to stock in its stores. Try everything from cupcakes (available in chocolate, red velvet, and cream, filled with chocolate or buttercream icing) and Krimpets (sponge cake with butterscotch icing or jelly filling) to pies, available in mini (handheld), full size (nine inches), and extra large (24 inches).

And in case you want to know more about the neighborhoods these Wawa locations opened in here is a summary depicted in cakes by the Cake Lovers Cakery:

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