Wawa Location Could Open Along Orange’s Main Street

Wawa Planned 164 Main Street Orange Nj
The proposed Wawa would replace the Orange Commons Shopping Plaza at 164 Main Street in Orange. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

Essex County could soon have a fourth Wawa location.

A 5,051-square-foot Wawa convenience store with a gas station and 44 parking spaces is in the works for 164 Main Street in Orange, according to files released by the community’s municipal government.

An application submitted by 164 Main, LLC, a firm associated with Newark-based Paramount Assets, states that the existing 1.4-acre Orange Commons Shopping Plaza would be removed in order to develop the new Wawa.

Wawa 164 Main Street Orange Nj Rendering
Front elevation. Image courtesy of Wawa.

The application claims that “this project represents an important investment in the City and will result in a revitalization of the Main Street corridor and will hopefully ignite and inspire further redevelopment in the area.”

Wawa 164 Main Street Orange Nj Gas Rendering
Gas canopy rendering. Image courtesy of Wawa.

Located between Windsor Place and Hickory Street near the New Jersey Transit train tracks, the one-story plaza has included businesses over the years such as WW Shipping Co., Angel Nail Art, and Pink Karma Salon.

This matter is scheduled to be heard by the Orange Planning Board on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m., according to a notice from the developer’s attorney.

Wawa has spent the last decade expanding throughout Northern New Jersey and currently has Essex County locations in Belleville, Fairfield, and Maplewood. The Pennsylvania-based company previously proposed a location along McCarter Highway in Newark, but the plans did not advance.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Orange Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.



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