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Construction Under Way on Wawa Near Hellertown

Bethlehem Hellertown Wawa

If you live in Saucon Valley and enjoy Wawa hoagies, coffee or some of the other things for which the popular convenience store chain is known, you soon won’t have to drive as far to get your fix.

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If you live in Saucon Valley and enjoy Wawa hoagies, coffee or some of the other things for which the popular convenience store chain is known, you soon won’t have to drive as far to get your fix.

Following the recent demolition of the former Chris’s Restaurant on Rt. 412 in Bethlehem, construction of a new Wawa has begun at the site, which is about a mile north of I-78 and Hellertown.

The Wawa will include a convenience store and gas station, along with parking for dozens of vehicles.

Once completed, the Wawa between the Hellertown/Bethlehem I-78 exit and Wind Creek casino in the city will cater to motorists traveling one of the busiest traffic corridors in the Lehigh Valley.

Wawa has opened a number of new stores in the Lehigh Valley in recent years, including one on Rt. 309 in Upper Saucon Township. Located just north of Coopersburg, that store opened in 2022.

In addition to the interstate and the casino, the new Bethlehem Wawa will be located close to Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII, which is home to a number of businesses.

One of those businesses is a Walmart distribution center where approximately 600 employees were recently laid off.

Wawa

Above, a retaining wall near Rt. 412 (Hellertown Road) has been constructed as part of site improvements related to the construction of a new Wawa in South Bethlehem. The convenience store and gas station will occupy a property that was previously occupied by Chris’s restaurant. Vacant for a number of years, the former diner/truck stop was recently demolished to make way for Wawa.

Bethlehem Hellertown Wawa

Above, construction equipment is visible on the site where a Wawa convenience store and gas station are being built. The property is located on the west side of Rt. 412, approximately one mile north of the Hellertown exit on I-78, and was previously occupied by the former Chris’s restaurant. The heavily-traveled interstate highway parallels the municipal boundary line which separates the borough of Hellertown from the city of Bethlehem.

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Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is the owner, publisher and editor of Saucon Source. A Lehigh Valley native, he's covered local news since 2005 and previously worked for Berks-Mont News and AOL/Patch. Contact him at josh@sauconsource.com.

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