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PHILADELPHIA: The man intent on taking the Philly cheesesteak global saw a familiar sight from home on a recent trip to Florida: a Wawa. The hoagie-making, coffee-brewing convenience and gas chain from the Philadelphia area is pushing hard into Florida, opening more than 60 stores since 2012 with another 25 planned by the end of the year.Tony Luke's has 22 stores, seven more in development and plans to grow to 360 locations within a decade.Philly Pretzel Factory, started in 1998 as a single stand by friends who hawked pretzels as kids on the side of a busy Philadelphia boulevard, has 150 stores and plans to open 350 more and break into the international market by 2020 .It's opening three stores at once next week in Fort Myers.
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