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Beloved Pa. Convenience Store Chain to Close 1st Location

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    It is the end of an era for the iconic convenience store chain. Media, Pennsylvania-based Wawa is closing its very first location after 50 years in business.

    "Store #1," located at MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom, Delaware County, will shut its doors in spring 2016. Around the same time, the company plans to open a new state-of-the-art location about a half-mile away.

    "It is emotional yet exciting for all of us," said Lori Bruce, Wawa spokeswoman.

    The newly constructed store will open at MacDade Boulevard and Kedron Avenue in the spring of next year, Bruce said.  Current employees will not be affected by the change, she added.

    "With the same Wawa associates and customer connections traveling to this new store," Bruce said, "for us this will still be store number 1."

    As many as 60 people will work at the new store, double the number of workers staffing the older locations.

    Wawa -- a Native American word for the Canada goose once found in the Delaware Valley -- is symbolized by the store's logo of the bird in flight.

    In the Philadelphia area, the chain has achieved cult status and draws in hordes of people hungry for their "Classic Hoagies."

    The well-known and well-liked convenience store got its start in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products. Today Wawa has more than 645 locations in six different states, including New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida, according to its website.