CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Wawa is planning nine new stores in Southwest Florida, according to news-press.com.

Three stores will open in Lee County by spring 2015, and six more will open across Southwest Florida by 2017, stated the article.

The convenience store and gas station chain offers fresh coffee and made-to-order sandwiches, said the article. It is also known for its friendly staff and value.

About 41 percent of Wawa is owned by its employees through an employee shared ownership program, noted the article.

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“It's just great to have a good company like that come, that's got so much tradition and wants good culture in their workforce and we've got that here for them,” shared President of Edison National Bank Robbie Roepstorff, in the article. “I think they're going to bring us good prices and good service and it's just going to be great for Southwest Florida.”

The company is based in Wawa, Pennsylvania. It operates in five mid-Atlantic states and has 52 locations in Florida, reported the article.

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