Wawa sets sights on Spring Hill location
Hernando County has been abuzz about the possibility of Wawa opening a store as part of a companywide expansion in west central Florida.
Various rumors have placed the convenience store-gas station chain everywhere from State Road 50 and Fort Dade Avenue to U.S. 41 and Powell Road.
But the Philadelphia-based chain finally nailed down a preferred location and has set its sights on a tract of land on the southeast corner of Spring Hill Drive and Anderson Snow Road, across from Publix.
Building department officials said Wawa representatives attended a pre-application meeting this week, a preliminary step in the process where the company explores the roads, utilities and other infrastructure on the site.
The company has not submitted a permit application and nothing is definite yet.
Wawa has more than 570 convenience stores — 200 that sell gasoline — in six states, including Florida. It sells built-to-order hoagies, fresh brewed coffee, dairy products, breakfast sandwiches, salads and other products, according to the chain’s website.
In February, Wawa opened its first store in Pasco in Port Richey at the southwest corner of U.S. 19 and Ridge Road. A New Port Richey-area Wawa also has opened at the intersection of Little and Ridge roads. A Holiday-area store, at U.S. 19 and State Road 54, opened in March.
Wawa has more than 16,000 employees nationwide.
Buddy Selph, broker with Tommie Dawson Realty, said it was reasonable to expect a Wawa.
“They’re going into Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties so we’re a logical extension of that market,” Selph said in a recent interview.
Brooksville Realtor Gary Schraut said Wawa prefers locations surrounded by plenty of residential communities.
The Spring Hill site fits that bill.