The ‘Wawa coming soon’ sign has been placed at the corner of State Road 44 and U.S. 19.
Paul Chossim, project manager with RMC Development, said he expects building activity to begin in about a month and the Crystal River store could open in seven months.
“In another four or five weeks you’re going to see a lot of commotion up there in getting that building off the ground,” Chossim said.
Wawa cleared its last city hurdle a couple weeks ago by obtaining a building permit and was only awaiting a fuel permit from the county to get going.
Land clearing at the northeast corner of U.S. 19 and State Road 44 has been ongoing for a year in Crystal River, ever since workers demolished the old Fat Boys' Bar-B-Q restaurant.
Crews have been constructing an access road to Northeast Sixth Avenue to give motorists another way to enter and exit the convenience store/gas station. In its traffic impact study, the Florida Department of Transportation determined that the access road would better serve traffic and did not see any concerns.
Northeast Sixth Avenue is home to the school district’s bus compound and also serves as a cut-through to Crystal River Middle School on Crystal Street.
When built, patrons existing the store off U.S. 19 will only be able to turn right and head north. If they want to go south, they will have to make a U-turn on U.S. 19. Or they can get to U.S. 19 from NE Sixth Avenue.
There will be no access into Wawa from State Road 44.
Pennsylvania-based Wawa has more than 800 stores nationwide. It expanded into Florida in 2012 and now has more than 70 locations in the state.
When Wawa opened its Lecanto store at the corner of County Roads 491 and 486 last month about 200 people showed up for the grand opening.