A popular area convenience store will soon close for a month for a major renovation project, but the store’s manager said the results will be well worth it.
The Fountain Hill Wawa manager said Friday that work on a new facade for the single-story building will begin shortly.
The store will close completely on Tuesday, Nov. 6, reopening on Dec. 7.
During the renovation “they’re going to take it down to the four walls,” the manager said.
When the project is completed, “it’ll be a brand new store,” he added.
Store #87 opened in 1976 and is approximately 3,300 square feet in size, according to Lehigh County tax records.
According to information on the Wawa website, the Fountain Hill Wawa is one of approximately 50 older company-owned stores that are being remodeld in 2018.
These stores “will receive improved layout features to advance efficiency and to support our expanded food and beverage offer,” according to the website.
Newly-remodeled stores will offer expanded food and beverage offerings, “hand-spun milkshakes,” new in-store graphics and more “open, inviting spaces,” the website states.
While it is closed, the Fountain Hill Wawa employees will temporarily work at other nearby stores, returning to open the new store on its designated reopening date.
Another nearby Wawa will also soon be closed for remodeling, and its closure will overlap with that of the Fountain Hill store’s.
According to the website, the Wawa at 1584 Eighth Ave., Bethlehem, will close for renovations Oct. 22 and reopen Nov. 21. That Wawa also sells gas.
The Wawa is located at 1429 Broadway, Fountain Hill, and is normally open 24 hours a day. The store sells milk, bread, snacks, coffee, soda, sandwiches, hot foods, ice cream, basic grocery items, cigarettes and lottery tickets, among other things. It also offers its customers the use of a fee-free PNC Bank ATM.
In 2014 the store was a recipient of the company’s 5-Star Service Award for being one of the chain’s top stores for in-store excellence and customer service, based on customer feedback, according to a Morning Call story.