RARITAN TWP., NJ – A plan to build a new Wawa on Route 202-31 southbound here was rejected by the Planning Board last week.

Mayor Karen Gilbert, who sits on the Planning Board, said the June 26 vote denying the plan was unanimous.

Many residents opposed the Wawa, particularly because of its 24-hour operation, Gilbert said. But the company’s policy is that all of its locations be open 24-hours a day, she said, with very few exceptions.

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Gilbert said the Wawa plan conflicted with township zoning rules that limit the hours of operation of a business adjacent to a residential zone.

The new location would have been built bordering Raritan Avenue on the southbound lane of the state highway. That is opposite from Liberty Court, a group of professional offices that is on the northbound lane.

As with the nearby Wawa on Route 31 north, it was also to include a gas station.