Manalapan's new Super Wawa, located at the intersection of Woodward Road and Route 33, is holding their grand opening on Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. The opening will focus on supporting the community and the continuing Sandy rebuilding efforts at the Jersey Shore.
Wawa Director of Store Operations, Jim Shortall, will lead the event alongside Assemblyman Rob Clifton of the New Jersey General Assembly.
Important local community members, emergency responders, and nearby food banks will be acknowledged by Wawa executives, store associates, and Wawa's mascot Wally Goose for their hard work in New Jersey recovery efforts post-Sandy.
Wawa is formalizing their committment to aiding local relief efforts by donating $2,500 to the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean County. A truckload of hoagies will also be sent to the Food Bank of Monmouth & Ocean County which will be distributed to "U Hungry Too", their largest relief effort partner. "U Hungry Too" distributes about 600 meals every day in the Bayshore area, which includes Union Beach and Keyport.
“Wawa is committed to continuing to support the relief efforts in our New Jersey communities” Shortall said. “We are pleased to use our grand opening event as one way of showing our strength and commitment to our friends and neighbors here in New Jersey.”
The Manalapan Police Department and Manalapan Fire Company #1 will also be recognized for their service to the community. The first responders will also take part in a hoagie building contest to benefit the charity of their choice.
Finally, the ceremonial ribbon cutting will take place at the end of the event opening up the location. This new location, the 240th in New Jersey, features Wawa’s new store design prototype, including 5,025 square feet of retail space and additional gasoline facility, as well as new in-store graphics, colors, restroom design, and merchandising features.