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More Wawas on the way in Daytona, Palm Coast

The Daytona Beach News-Journal logo The Daytona Beach News-Journal 12/4/2019 By Clayton Park, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Demolition begins on the former Barnes & Noble in the Best Buy Plaza at 1900 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. The standalone building has been empty since April when the bookstore chain moved its Daytona store to a newly built location at Tomoka Town Center shopping center near Interstate 95. The old building is being demolished to make way for a Wawa convenience store/gas station set to open in 2020. [News-Journal/Clayton Park] © News-Journal/Clayton Park/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS Demolition begins on the former Barnes & Noble in the Best Buy Plaza at 1900 W. International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. The standalone building has been empty since April when the bookstore chain moved its Daytona store to a newly built location at Tomoka Town Center shopping center near Interstate 95. The old building is being demolished to make way for a Wawa convenience store/gas station set to open in 2020. [News-Journal/Clayton Park]

DAYTONA BEACH — The Wawa convenience store/gas station that opened on West Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach in October was the Pennsylvania-based chain's 201st location in Florida, but that number is set to increase soon with several more planned in Volusia and Flagler counties.

Demolition of the old Barnes & Noble bookstore on International Speedway Boulevard, across the street from Daytona International Speedway, began on Tuesday to make way for a 6,119-square-foot Wawa store that will include a gas station with 16 fueling positions, confirmed Brian Duke, the chain's regional real estate manager.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Wawa continues to increase its footprint in Volusia and Flagler counties, with new stores planned for Daytona Beach and Palm Coast. [GateHouse Media file] © GateHouse Media file/News-Journal/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS Wawa continues to increase its footprint in Volusia and Flagler counties, with new stores planned for Daytona Beach and Palm Coast. [GateHouse Media file]

The chain is also expecting to soon begin construction on a new store in Daytona Beach at the corner of Nova Road and Mason Avenue and is well underway on a new store in Palm Coast at the corner of State Road 100 and Bulldog Drive that will be its first in Flagler County when it opens in May 2020, Duke confirmed.

Since opening its first Volusia-Flagler area store in Port Orange in 2015, Wawa now has seven, including a second one in Port Orange and locations in downtown Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Orange City and Deltona.

The planned location across from the Speedway is in the Best Buy Plaza next to the One Daytona entertainment/retail complex.

Join the discussion! Find recipes, video demonstrations, restaurant reviews and more in the News-Journal's Let's Eat, Central Florida! Facebook group.The owner of the property where the future Wawa in the Best Buy Plaza is set to be built has already put it up for sale.

Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. which owns the 1.89-acre site has set an asking price of $6.3 million, confirmed John Albright, CEO of the Daytona Beach-based real estate investment company.

According to the property listing for the site on LoopNet.com, Wawa has a 20-year ground lease, adding that the purchaser would have "no landlord responsibility."

The store is expected to open in 2020.

READ MORE: Wawa real estate exec glad to call Volusia County home

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