January 14, 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.
February 18, 1994 |
Wawa Inc. is planning a $30 million expansion of its dairy-processing, warehouse and distribution center in Middletown Delaware County. The dairy- and convenience-store operator has asked township officials for approval to expand its warehouse and plant, which processes milk and juice, at Valley Road and Route 1. The company also wants to move some parking and trucking operations to vacant pasture land across Valley Road from the plant. Vincent Anderson, Wawa's vice president and general counsel, said yesterday the expansion would take place over the next six years.
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.
October 7, 1999 |
The Wawa strike ain't about to go away-way. The Delaware County dairy giant sought further restrictions on picketing outside its convenience stores yesterday as striking Teamsters expanded their job action into South Jersey and the five-county Philadelphia region. The moves were signs that both sides were no closer to resolving the contract overtime dispute that led 280 dairy drivers and warehouse workers of Locals 436 and 437 to go on strike late Sunday. Bob Ryder, secretary-treasurer of Local 436, said help from other unions enabled the Teamsters to expand picketing from 25 stores to 120 of the company's 550 outlets in the region.
May 25, 1995 |
Officials of Wawa Inc. will be honored with an award from the U.S. Labor Department this morning for their efforts to eliminate child-labor violations at their convenience stores. The company has developed a training and communication program to ensure compliance with the regulations, said Lori Bruce, Wawa public relations manager. As part of the apprentice program, employees who are 16 or 17 wear black smocks so managers know they cannot operate electric meat slicers or cardboard balers.
December 3, 1992 |
Police in Camden and Gloucester Counties are investigating a number of convenience store robberies during the last six weeks and have distributed a sketch of one robbery suspect. About 10 such robberies have occurred recently in Haddon Township, Deptford, Mantua and Woodlynne, most of them netting less than $100. Detective Thomas Fitzgerald of Haddon Township said police think at least two men are committing similiar holdups, mostly in Deptford Township. The first robbery occurred there at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 when a man wearing facial hair and glasses walked into the Wawa store on Route 45 and Ogden Station Road.
August 2, 1990 |
Wawa's convenience stores apparently are tempting targets for accused robber Durango Anderson. Yesterday was the fourth time this month that Anderson, 21, of 18th Street near Diamond, has been arrested on charges of holding up a Wawa, police said. Since his first arrest on July 2, Anderson has been charged with robbing 11 of the all-night stores. Police said Anderson was charged with sticking up three Wawas since Friday - the day he was arraigned in robberies at several other Wawas.
April 16, 2016 |
Wawa is aging well. At 52, it has morphed from a convenience store to a full-service operation that is part store/take-out restaurant/coffee house, part bakery and gas station - and become a staple of the rush-hour landscape with its signature Wawa coffee. The chain with 725 stores and $9 billion in sales in 2015 announced that it is hiring 5,000 people company-wide by June 1. It is also opening a new Center City location with seating at 1900 Market St. by the end of the year. "Center City has responded," said Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens.
June 29, 1989 |
What's in a name? Despite Shakespeare's oft-quoted line, the folks at Wawa Inc. think that a Wawa by any other name smells of trade-name infringement. That's why the Delaware County dairy that now runs about 500 convenience stores in four states is seeking an order in federal court to stop a Delaware County developer from using the name of the historic village for its office condominium project. U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollak has scheduled an injunction hearing for next Thursday in the case of Wawa Inc. v. Commons at Wawa Inc. Lawyers for Wawa Inc. contend that the word wawa - the Lenni Lenape Indians' word for the ubiquitous and noisy Canada goose - is so associated with their dairy and chain of stores that its use by any other company is "unfair competition" and an infringement on their trade name.
September 30, 1999 |
At 11:59 p.m. tonight, the contract between Wawa Inc. and the 300 or so drivers who take products from the Wawa distribution warehouse to its 550 stores expires. Both sides agree there are still major issues on the table. "We are hopeful we can reach a settlement," said Steven Wall, Wawa's chief negotiator, "but there are very substantial issues that need to be discussed. " "We have authorization to call a strike," said Bob Ryder, secretary treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 463. Ryder said one of the main issues involves pensions.