It might be time for another first for Boynton Beach.
The property owner at the northeast corner of Woolbright Road and Congress Avenue wants to build a Wawa gas station and convenience store.
It would be Boynton’s first Wawa .
“Finally,” Vice Mayor Justin Katz wrote on a Facebook post announcing the proposal. He represents the district where the store would be built.
This comes about one week after the city approved a plan for an Aldi grocery store to be built on Boynton Beach Boulevard at Knuth Road — the first location within city limits.
Property owner Brightwork Real Estate is applying for a major site plan modification to be allowed to build the Wawa at 2505 W. Woolbright Rd. The store would be 6,119 square feet. The Wawa would have 18 gas pumps and 50 parking spots, according to city documents. The owner put in the application Dec. 6.
The City Commission will have to approve the building. A date for that is not set.
If approved, the Wawa would be in a competitive area — across Congress is a Mobil gas station and 7-Eleven and across Woolbright is a Marathon gas station. The Wawa would go where an empty PNC Bank sits with its northern border being the Palm Beach Leisureville residential community.
Ranji Patel, owner of the Mobil and 7-Eleven, hadn’t heard about the proposal but said if approved it would hurt his business.
“It’s hard for me to stop a big company like that from getting approval,” he said. “It’s out of my hands. I’m the little guy.”
Patel said he’s been the franchisee for about three years while the Mobil has been there more than 25.
Wawa has five locations in Palm Beach County: Greenacres, West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach and two in Palm Springs.