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Wawa celebrates 50 years with free coffee

Published On: Apr 16 2014 11:33:18 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 16 2014 05:00:11 PM EDT
Wawa in New Jersey

Wawa convenience stores are celebrating the company's 50th anniversary, but customers will be getting the gifts.

The chain is offering free cups of coffee on Wednesday to mark a half-century since the first shop opened in Delaware County.

Grahame Wood established the original outlet in Folsom on April 16, 1964.


The company now has more than 640 stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.

Early Wednesday morning, company executives will re-enact the first transaction at the Folsom store. Employees will wear vintage uniforms and historical signs and photos will be displayed.

A similar event is planned afterward at a store in downtown Philadelphia.

Wawa is a native American name for the Canada goose. The bird's image appears in the company logo.