Wawa, a national convenience store and gas station chain, is slated to replace the small Shell station on the corner of U.S. 441 and Morningside Drive near Lake Gertrude. The chain has gained popularity for its variety of fresh food options.
Wawa, which requires a significantly larger footprint than the existing gas station, would also require the wooded parcel of land behind it.
On March 7, Mount Dora City Council began the process of annexing that approximately 1.25 acre property. That will be followed by a rezoning process from county residential to the city commercial zoning. Once the processes are complete, site preparation could begin later this year.
Wawa has over 730 locations in the eastern part of the U.S. with approximately 500 of those also providing gasoline. Wawa opened its first store in Florida in 2012 and now has over 100 locations in the Sunshine State.