Wawa closes Philadelphia South Street store in latest installment of COVID pandemic – NBC10 Philadelphia
Wawa is closing its store on 9th and South Streets as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the operations of the popular Delaware County convenience store chain, the company told the Philadelphia Business Journal Wednesday.
The 901 South St. store, located next to a Whole Foods, will close permanently on October 17. The 24-hour location has been operating for over two years on South Street, which has looked different in recent years as businesses like Percy Street Barbecue, Snap Kitchen South Street, and Downey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant (which is expected to to be demolished) have closed.
Wawa said the upcoming shutdown is a “difficult decision” taken “after careful and careful deliberation.” All store employees will be transferred to other locations, a the spokesperson for the company told PBJ.com.
“The decision is the result of the changes and challenges we have experienced over the past 18+ months driven by changing consumer trends, the impact of the pandemic and the continued changes to our services,” said Wawa said in an emailed statement.
“While this location will close, it does not affect our continued commitment to the local Philadelphia community,” the company added. “Philadelphia is our hometown and that will never change. “
PBJ.com is watching how Wawa adapted during the pandemic, including the closure of the historic 5,000 square foot store on Broad and Walnut streets.