Wawa will open a new “stadium store” near South Philadelphia’s sports complex on Thursday as fans flood back into the area for live games after the city lifted local Covid-19 restrictions earlier this month.
The 2600 Penrose Ave. location will be the only Wawa in Philadelphia to sell beer, joining five other brew-slinging stores in Pennsylvania, including a couple in Delaware County. The debut of the stadium store, located about two miles from the sports complex, comes with a programming series promoting Philadelphia’s bid to host FIFA World Cup matches in 2026.
The stadium store’s 8 a.m. opening will kick off with a coffee toast by Alejandro Bedoya, captain of the Philadelphia Union and honorary co-chair of Philadelphia Soccer 2026, the nonprofit overseeing Philly’s bid to host the World Cup. The international tournament will be held at venues across North America in 2026, and Philadelphia is among 17 U.S. cities under consideration to host games.
Wawa CEO Chris Gheysens and David L. Cohen, senior advisor to the CEO at Comcast Corp. and chair of Philadelphia Soccer 2026, will also attend the opening to talk about the city’s World Cup bid. The Delaware County-based convenience store chain will preview an interactive soccer exhibit supporting the bid that will display at the Independence Visitors Center as part of the 2021 Wawa Welcome America Festival that kicks off Sunday.
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