Introduction: Pathways to Intelligent Growth

  • Jennifer M. Pendergast
Part of the A Family Business Publication book series (AFBP)


Family-owned Wawa, Inc., is one of the largest convenience-store chains in the country and continues on a path of aggressive growth, with sales exceeding $1 billion. Based in Wawa, Pennsylvania, the company owns and operates more than 540 stores in five states and plans to open nearly 200 more stores within the next five years. Founded by Grahame Wood in 1964, the chain emerged out of waning Wood family textile and dairy-farming businesses that dated back to the early 19th century.1


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