KDH Board approves Wawa site plan 

By on May 17, 2022

No timetable set for local construction

Kill Devil Hills will be home to the first Wawa convenience store in North Carolina following the May 16 town commissioners’ approval of a site plan for one of its stores at 1900 N. Croatan Highway, located on the west side of the highway just south of BB&T and across from the former Kmart.

The site, which was unanimously approved with some conditions, will include a 6,000-square-foot convenience store, eight gas pumps and 52 parking spaces. The plan was developed by Arista Development on behalf of Wawa, which has its eye on several other locations in North Carolina as well, according to its External Public Relations Supervisor Jennifer Wolf.  In an email to the Voice written after the board vote, Wolf stated there is currently no timeframe for construction of the store in Kill Devil Hills.

Wawa operates more than 850 convenience stores (with 600 of them offering gasoline) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The chain is known for its built-to-order food, freshly brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches and other Wawa brand items.

“Overall, the package that we’ve gotten is extremely thorough, it’s well engineered, it’s very detailed – how every post hole is going to be dug and where every piece of wire goes,” said Kill Devil Hills Mayor Ben Sproul before the vote. “We want folks here in the audience and folks in the neighborhood to know that we do have your best interest at heart, we are doing our best for the community at all times. You’ve definitely got a quality engineering team that put this package together.”

Several residents who live on neighboring streets spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, voicing concerns including Wawa’s plans to install a vinyl fence as a buffer from the neighborhood. “A vinyl fence will provide no barrier from noise, lights or anything else,” one resident asserted.

During the site plan presentation, however, Assistant Planning Director Cameron Ray said that the applicant has since revised the site plan to replace the vinyl fencing with shadowbox fencing to accommodate wind load and other maintenance issues.

For his part, Kill Devil Hills Commissioner Terry Gray said he would like to see the applicant go further.

“I would urge the developer to look at the fence up by Lowe’s and try to go one step further and help out with the buffering from the residences,” Gray asserted. He said that moving forward, he would like to see the town’s ordinances strengthened to require buffering that offered more of a sound barrier in situations similar to the Wawa project, where commercial establishments abut residential properties.





  • Bill

    And so another little piece of tranquility gets paved over in KDH.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 5:32 pm
  • I am Fartacus

    About time… I need a meatball sub.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 5:37 pm
  • Mr Engineer

    So the houses that will be affected by lights, sound and other noise are not currently affected by the lights, sound and noise already present with other existing businesses and the bypass? Sounds like a bunch of Karen’s to me.

    Tuesday, May 17 @ 5:40 pm
  • Glenn

    That’s a great addition to our area…love Wawa…great bagels! My question is, who’s going to pick up all the trash that’s going to originate on the grounds of this new establishment & that will make its way to our beach right down the street and our sound. So many of our locals, tourists, 2nd home owners, visiting contractors absolutely do not care about all the trash on our beaches, bike paths, streets, parking lot…they could care less. Again, I welcome Wawa to our business community but is there a plan in place to pick up all the trash that will be generated by those who just don’t care?

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 8:08 am
  • Matthew J Byrne


    How did the Planning Department and Board of Commissioners address the ‘extra’ curb cut onto the Bypass – with this lot having side access(es) to 4th Street [two (2) actually, now] ??

    My recollection is – that the owner(s) of 101 E Atlantic Street were told they could not…

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 8:10 am
  • MFS

    I hope that the County has considered the traffic issues with allowing these placed to move in; turn lanes should be required. 158 is so dangerous and too congested not to have turn lanes for any new large businesses. The County is letting all this residential building go on, but does nothing to make the roads more safe.

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 8:43 am
  • ohh mi gerd

    Can’t wait to eat their fine delicatessen sandwiches in their clean bathrooms.

    My life is complete now that Wawa is coming. Been waiting my whole life for this!

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 8:54 am
  • Robin Davenport

    I want to thank the commissioners for listening and explaining how their hands were tied. One could tell that the WAWA people did not want to listen or work with the community in building a higher more protection for the 10 plus houses that back up to the property. People in the WAWA lot will be able to look into the bedrooms of these cottages. Do the right thing and built a wall like the good people at Lowes and Publics.

    Wednesday, May 18 @ 9:53 pm
  • Randy

    6 foot high fencing may be great in the stores established in other arsas, but the OBX homes adjacent to this proposed now approved lot are raised with the living space starting at 10 to 12 feet above ground. The 6 foot fence will do nothing. Hope Wawa does the right thing here and becomes a truly good neighbor who cares, like Lowes and Publix did.

    Thursday, May 19 @ 8:01 am
  • George

    Wawa claims to be community friendly and a concerned neighbor. It will be interesting to see how they take care of their new neighbors . Profit or integrity? Do the right thing.
    This is a unique area requiring unique needs to fit in.

    Thursday, May 19 @ 6:26 pm
  • Scott

    Hey @MFS, Remember when 158 was originally a “limited access” highway, and ACTUALLY a bypass? (Think only streets currently with stoplights) Then someone came up with the brilliant idea of allowing all streets access to 158. Bravo! Way to go.

    Friday, May 20 @ 8:21 am
  • Daryl

    Whats the cist if the taller fence? Maybe the 10 homes and WaWa can split the cost?

    Saturday, May 21 @ 10:05 am
  • Wayne

    I want to thank everyone for making comments and everyone had a good point. I would like to thank the commissioner for doing what they could but their hands are tied .because of the Planning Commission. No city ordinances you have no rules. Everyone thinks it’s great now wait to it takes you an hour and a half to get through Kill Devil Hills because of traffic

    Sunday, May 22 @ 7:51 am
  • Mike

    I think it’s a good thing so if the people can’t deal with it sell and move but don’t keep thinking that you’ll greedy people diserve everything your way there’s a lot more than you 10people that live here and want something better in kdh

    Sunday, May 22 @ 1:56 pm
  • DOC

    I understand the concern for a higher buffer wall and I am in no way diminishing those concerns. I want to point out this will be a 3rd gas station on the same block. All 3 will not survive, what will town do with an empty gas/ retail space??? Common sense has left the board members that approved this!

    Tuesday, May 24 @ 2:13 pm