Privately held convenience store company Wawa has revealed plans to open 80 stores in North Carolina, US, as part of its initial expansion phase in the state.

The retailer will open stores across the eastern region of the state in the next ten years.

Wawa said that it will open the first eight stores by next year. However, it did not disclose specific dates for openings.

The convenience retailer also plans to open 15 stores in 2025 and another ten stores in 2026.

Wawa will invest approximately $7m for each store and employ an average of 35 associates.

The retailer claimed to have more than 30 sites under contract, which are undergoing local approval processes.

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Meanwhile, Wawa Real Estate teams are still searching for sites across North Carolina.

The company announced its expansion plan for North Carolina during double-header Community Partnership events on 25 October.

Wawa store operation director Kim Dowgielewicz said: “We were thrilled to share our ‘flight plan’ for North Carolina and reveal, for the very first time, our exciting expansion plans, renderings and more with our newest soon-to-be neighbours!”

“Our Community Partnership events also gave us the opportunity to meet new community members and talk a little bit about our history and what makes Wawa such an ideal fit for communities in this region.

“As we get closer to our grand openings in 2024, we will be sharing even more details on our growth in North Carolina all while connecting with more customers, communities, partners and non-profit organisations.”

Last month, Wawa revealed plans to open 60 stores in Indiana over the next eight years.