By CBS3 Staff

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (CBS) — There was a ribbon-cutting at the first Wawa in Robbinsville, Mercer County, on Thursday afternoon that included a celebration of a longtime employee who broke barriers.

Wawa provided video of their celebration at the new store on Route 130.

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Ari Shiner, who has autism, was hired in 1981 in their Princeton store.

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It was part of a collaboration between Eden Autism Services and Wawa to hire workers in what they call “supported employment.”

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Wawa has more than 700 people currently employed in that program.