Rite Aid Headquarters Being Torn Down. Will a Wawa Take Its Place?

Sue Gleiter from PennLive report on 2/23/24:

Once the headquarters for Rite Aid drug stores, a property in East Pennsboro Township is poised to become a fueling, coffee and hoagie stop.

East Pennsboro Township officials confirm a proposed subdivision and land development plan for a 2.6 acre parcel near Camp Hill includes a Wawa convenience store.

Hunter Lane Partners, LLC, and White Rock Realty Associates, LLC, submitted the plan for the site at Hunter Lane, which is located in a office/mixed-use zoning district, said Dearan A. Quigley, township director of Housing & Community Development.

Plans could come up for review before the East Pennsboro Planning Commission as early as the March 14th meeting, Quigley said, adding it depends on when a complete review of the plans occurs.

White Rock purchased the property last year for $4.73 million, according to Cumberland County property records. Demolition work is underway at the former headquarters.

White Rock operates in Jenkintown, Montgomery County, according to business records with the Pennsylvania Department of State, which is the same address as Goodman Properties. It has more than 100 properties in the state, according to its website, including the Chelsea Square shopping center in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.

Officials for Goodman Properties couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Wawa is moving into central Pa. with plans to open about 40 stores. Several stores are under development including another location in East Pennsboro Township at The Reserve at River’s Edge at the corner of Routes 11/15 and Valley Road.

Other sites include Swatara, Lower Swatara and East Pennsboro townships, Chambersburg, State College and Hanover. Wawa is also eyeing property in Derry Township. The first stores could open as early as this year, but as far as exact dates, Wawa isn’t ready to release those details.

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