March 29, 2013 |
About 200 Conshohocken residents packed the Washington Fire House on Wednesday night to speak for and against a proposed Wawa store on Fayette Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. It was the third and final public hearing on the proposal, which opponents say would exacerbate traffic and ruin the small-town character of Conshohocken. At issue is a proposed amendment to the borough charter to allow the Wawa at a site zoned for office and residential uses. The Borough Council will vote on the proposed amendment April 17. Planners for the borough and Montgomery County have recommended rejecting the plan.
January 25, 1990 |
You might say the 15-foot structure that stands shrouded at the entrance of the Malvern Shopping Center on King Street is, well, a sign of the changing times in the borough. It used to announce in fluorescent lights the presence of an IGA supermarket, the anchor store in the plaza. Now that store is gone after 20 years, replaced by a Wawa convenience store. The sign, like the new tenant, has become an issue of contention in the borough. Some residents opposed the new store, which opened in the fall, calling it a pricey replacement for a supermarket.
October 14, 1999 |
The 10-day strike of Wawa store truck drivers and warehouse workers ended last night in City Hall after several hours of "shuttle diplomacy" by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and city Controller Jonathan Saidel. Union head Bob Ryder declared the agreement was "excellent for the members," saying he would "strongly recommend approval.' "We have a deal and Wawa is extremely pleased," said company negotiator Steven Wall. "We want to bring them [the striking workers] back as soon as possible.
March 16, 1989 |
The New Garden Township Board of Supervisors approved preliminary subdivision and land-development plans for a Wawa convenience store at Route 41 and Newark Road. The supervisors approved the plans at Monday's meeting, with the condition that developer Vaughn Carlton widen both sides of Newark Road by 14 feet each and provide acceleration and deceleration lanes. The supervisors also want Carlton to install a pork-chop-shaped island that would permit only right turns onto Newark Road.
October 2, 1999 |
A tentative contract agreement reached late last night averted a strike by Wawa drivers and maintenance workers but the threat is not over. The convenience-store chain issued a statement last night saying it had reached a contract agreement with Teamsters Locals 463 and 473. But Local 463 Secretary Treasurer and principal officer Bob Ryder said the negotiating committee rejected the deal because there is still one area of disagreement, overtime....
July 20, 1989 |
The prospect of a new Wawa store in the Malvern Shopping Center drew the ire of several residents Tuesday at the Borough Council meeting. Wawa is renovating the 5,300-square-foot space previously occupied by Scheidel's Malvern Market, a supermarket that closed in April, according to Richard DiPrimio, borough manager and council member. Local business people expressed concern that the new store would not provide the kind of service required by residents and that it would attract a clientele unlikely to shop at local stores.
August 6, 1989 |
A federal judge has ruled that a Delaware County developer planning to build an office complex named after the old village of Wawa must warn the public that he is not associated with the well-known dairy and chain of convenience stores. U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak ruled Monday that Commons at Wawa Inc. must carry an asterisk on its signs, stationery and other advertisements noting that the firm is not affiliated with Wawa Inc., whose dairy is in the nearby village of Wawa.
July 6, 1989 |
How many Wawas are enough Wawas? In Ridley Township, it seems, one about every six blocks. Last month, the convenience store chain got approval for another Wawa on MacDade Boulevard, making it impossible to go more than a mile in places without seeing the familiar flying goose. "With this one, there are six just on MacDade Boulevard alone," said Francis Pileggi, attorney for Wawa. What's more, adds Pileggi, "I think they'll open more. " The new Wawa, at Holmes Avenue and MacDade Boulevard, will take the place of a hot dog restaurant that went out of business.
April 19, 2013 |
A meeting of the Conshohocken Borough Council erupted in applause Wednesday night after the council voted, 6-1, against a zoning amendment that would have allowed a Wawa store and service station on Fayette Street. Wawa requested the amendment to allow a convenience store and 10-pump station in an area zoned for residential and office uses. The company can push forward, but will now have to argue before the zoning board. The proposal generated heated debate over the last few months, with community groups forming to lobby for and against the store.
January 11, 1990 |
It may be a tall order to fill, but Wawa Inc. hopes to achieve in the next 10 years what it has taken the company the last quarter-century to do. The Delaware County company whose structures have become part of the county landscape wants to more than double the number of its convenience stores by the end of the decade. Henry McHugh, vice president of operations, summed up the company's aim succinctly: "Our objective is to have 1,000 stores by the year 2000. " Increasing the number of stores from 465 to 1,000 in so short a time may seem highly ambitious, especially in a market that seems saturated with convenience-store chains.