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First Wawa in D.C. Will Have Nitro Cold Brew, Sidewalk Seating, and Free Wi-Fi

Northeast mini mart plans to open nearly a dozen D.C.-area shops within the next few years

Roadside fixture Wawa is getting urban for its anticipated entry into the District, unveiling plans for a downtown facility featuring subway tile-wrapped walls, nitro cold brew coffee, free Wi-Fi, and a curbside patio.

The 9,200-square-foot storefront, the largest in the Pennsylvania-based company’s highway-hugging chain of convenience marts, is scheduled to debut this winter at 1111 19th Street NW. The inaugural shop is but one of five to 10 new locations Wawa is planning to plant throughout the D.C.-Metro area within the next three years; the company already operates locations in neighboring Northern Virginia.

In addition to serving up its signature hoagies, the 24/7 Wawa is expected to feature custom salads and nitro cold brew coffee. The designers have carved out room for both table and bar seating, including a dedicated dining area dubbed WIld Goose Cafe. An outdoor patio is also in the works. Back inside, patrons can expect to find exposed brick, gleaming subway tiles, and free Wi-Fi.

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[Esra Erol]