Wawa has been keeping the Mid-Atlantic fueled with hot coffee for more than half a century. To celebrate 58 years in business, the beloved convenience store chain is now offering an irresistible deal on its signature hot beverage: Customers can pick up a free coffee of any size all day today, April 14, 2022.
The promotion is part of the company's annual Wawa Day, which marks the launch of Wawa's first store in Folsom, Pennsylvania, in 1964. This year, the company is also planning to donate $1 million-worth gift cards to partners of the Wawa Foundation, including American Red Cross, Check-Out Hunger, Children’s Miracle Network, JDRF, LLS, Special Olympics, USO, and Meals on Wheels.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring back our traditional Wawa Day festivities to honor the millions of customers who have been such an integral part of our growth through the years," Wawa president/CEO Chris Gheysens said in a press statement. "As we mark our 58th anniversary, we look forward to brightening the days of our customers, associates and communities with free coffee, special recognitions, and vital resources, continuing our longstanding tradition of providing necessary support to our communities and national partners during times of need."
To participate in this year's Wawa Day, just visit one of the more than 960 Wawa locations across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Washington, D.C and grab a brewed coffee. The chain expects to give away 2 million free cups of coffee as part of the promotion.
While the first official Wawa store opened 58 years ago, the company's history goes back more than two centuries. It started as an iron factory in 1803 before becoming a milk processing plant in the early 20th century. As the milk delivery business began to slow down, Grahame Wood, the grandson of Wawa founder George Wood, reinvented Wawa as a food market, laying the foundation for the business it is today.
For more company trivia, check out our list of fun facts about Wawa.
A version of this story ran in 2018; it has been updated for 2022.