By Kristen Johanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Wawa, that staple of Philadelphia convenience stores, may be coming to a new and larger center city location.READ MORE: 'When I Finally Got To Be Elvira, That's When My Life Calmed Down': Mistress Of The Dark Peels Back The Curtain
The corner of Broad and Walnut Streets was home to Robinson’s Luggage for 29 years. Now, if all goes as planned, a brand-new Wawa store will move into that space.
Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce e-mailed a statement that said, in part, that they have a contract for the space and “we are working to obtain approvals in time to make an announcement during our April 16th Wawa Day festivities!”READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Ahjaon Jackson Shot, Killed While Coming Home From Work With Twin Sister, Philadelphia Police Say
Area residents were mostly welcoming the news. But some had concerns for other businesses close by.
“It’s nice to have a little Wawa like the one down by Jefferson Hospital,” said Jeff, “but a really big one? It may take business away from the little shops around here that need the business.”MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Health Department's Cheryl Bettigole To Give COVID-19 Update
The new Wawa store would be 5,300 square feet and include indoor seating.