Similar store agrees to rename after Wawa lawsuit

- It's a New Jersey convenience store, its name is supposed to be a casual way to say "come in" in Korean, and it’s interpreted to mean "welcome."

In February, its owner said he used the name because everyone is welcome there.

But owner Mike Han is not welcome to use that name, Dawa.

He agreed to change it after a lawsuit from Wawa, according to recently filed court documents.

The stores agreed the Paterson-based store would change its name, though the filing doesn't specify what it will be called, according to a proposed order filed in U.S. District Court.

Pennsylvania-based Wawa has more than 700 convenience stores in six states and filed a trademark infringement lawsuit earlier this year against Dawa, saying it's taking advantage of Wawa's hard-earned reputation.

A message left for Han on Sunday was not returned.

But Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said at the time the company has an obligation to protect the brand name and ensure consumers aren't confused. She said the company reached out to the store multiple times to try to resolve the matter privately.

"We wish them nothing but success," she said. "Just without our name included."

Wawa's name is derived from the Lenape tribe's word for Canada goose.

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