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Wawa celebrates Towson store's opening with free coffee through April 29

Wawa convenience store and gas station opened today, April 19, after a year of being under construction at the Loch Raven Commons development,the former site of defense contractor Raytheon Co.

There was a flurry of activity as customers filed in and out of a new Wawa when it opened at 8 a.m. Thursday at 1300 E. Joppa Road in Towson, some for the free coffee, some just to check out the completion of the gas station and convenience store they had witnessed being built for the last year, but most to grab a bite or to fill up on gas and go.

Ryan Shannon, of Middle River, who works for AAA, said the addition of the Towson store is welcomed as he is a longtime fan of the chain and even holds a Wawa credit card.

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"The only other [Wawa's] in this area are on Route 40 and in Cockeysville, so this is great," Shannon said.

Gavin Herbert and Emma Madera, both students at Towson University stopped to get some coffee and breakfast before heading to class on Thursday.

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"We've been waiting for it to open; we pass by the site daily and are excited to check it out," Herbert said.

Madera said, "Everything looks fresh and the place is well-stocked."

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled for 10 a.m. during which the store would host a charitable hoagie-building competition called "Hoagies for Heroes," between the Baltimore County fire and police departments. The two teams will face off to see who can build the most hoagies in three minutes, according to a Wawa press release. The winner will be presented a check for $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

The grand opening of the Towson store marks the chain's sixth store to open in 2018. Wawa plans to open 50 new stores this year and remodel another 75 thoughout its operating area in the Mid-Atlantic and Florida, the release states. Approximately 40 employees work at each store.

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Lauren Warren, a training general manager for Wawa, was busy behind the counter serving up breakfast sandwiches and more on Thursday morning. "We are happy to be in the neighborhood," she said.

"It's a project I'm very proud of," County Councilman David Marks, who represents the area, said a couple days before the opening. "[The project] took the dilapidated Raytheon property and is revitalizing it into something that will greatly improve the Joppa Road corridor."

Phil Dorsey, president of the Towson Estates Association, which neighbors the Wawa store, said two days before the opening that the people he has talked to in the neighborhood are looking forward to having an alternative to a nearby Dunkin' Donuts to buy their morning coffee.

"We wish them well," Dorsey said. "We hope they do well, because it can only enhance the area for us."

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Libby Solomon contributed to this article.



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