The nation’s second-largest university will soon provide students with one of the most popular convenience stores on the East Coast: the University of Central Florida is getting its first Wawa this May, which will be located a mile north of campus on Alafaya Trail.
Known for offering traditional gas station services alongside restaurant-style food, the Wawa is sure to be welcomed by UCF’s 70,500+ students and staff. As the Central Florida Future, the university’s official student paper, reported:
The Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain, known for its made-to-order hoagies and extensive coffee selection, will hire 45 to 50 employees for its 11th Orlando market store, which is to open May 1, 2013.
“There’s a certain affinity between young people and Wawa,” CEO Howard Stoeckel said. “If we can build in an academic area, that’s where we prefer to go.”
He anticipates Wawa will not only be a competitor of other gas stations like RaceTrac, but also restaurants like Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway and Panera.
“When you walk in our stores, the first thing you see is a kitchen,” he said. “We’re more of a takeout restaurant that happens to sell gas.”
Stoeckel expects the new store to not only help erase the stigma of gas station food, he also hopes the company’s culture of customer service and cleanliness will trigger a domino effect in local restaurants. He said competition helps consumers because it “raises the bar.”
This will doubtless be a mutually beneficial development for both Wawa and UCF, and Demetree Global is more than pleased to have done its part to make it happen. As one of the leading providers of high-quality Miami and Orlando Commercial Real Estate, with deep roots in Central Florida going back decades, we take tremendous pride in giving both our clients and the community the best.