July 20, 2012 |
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Wawa Inc. bosses Howard Stoeckel and Chris Gheysens Wednesday for the opening of the Delaware County-based chain's first store in the Sunshine State, a quick-turnover smokes-and-Cokes, gas-and-hoagies outlet drawing homesick Philadelphia expatriates and curious natives to Orlando's Central Florida Parkway. Wawa says it will "penetrate" central Florida between now and late August with two more stores in Orlando and two in nearby Kissimmee, with later sites planned for the Tampa area.
June 30, 2012 |
For years, it seemed, Wawa couldn't get out of Center City fast enough. With growing ambitions, the stalwart convenience-store chain ditched site after site over the last decade as it fixated on bodacious locations on more land than could be found in a dense downtown. As the popular purveyor of hoagies, cigarettes, and coffee vacated old haunts across walkable Philadelphia to reinvent itself as a glorified sandwich spot, its departures were greeted with dismay, even anger, among residents who felt abandoned by a beloved hometown chain.
June 28, 2012 |
Police are investigating a report of a stabbing at a Wawa in Cinnaminson, Burlington County earlier this morning. Police were dispatched to the convenience store on the 2100 block of Church Road about 7:30 a.m. One person was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, but that person's identity and condition have not been released. Check back for details as they develop.
June 28, 2012 |
A Sicklerville woman stabbed another woman during a fight over a man earlier today that started inside a Cinnaminson Wawa and turned violent in the parking lot, township police said. Kartelina Holt, 32, was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and other weapons offenses. Holt and Ashley Anderson, 25, of Pennsauken, first fought in the store on the 2100 block of Church Road shortly before 7:30 a.m. "The fight was actually broken up. Everyone walked out on their own," Detective Sgt. William Covert said.
June 24, 2012 |
Meatballs in sweet tomato sauce. With pickles? And vinegar peppers? That's what Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney ordered, in a Shorti hoagie, at a Bucks County Wawa last weekend, as my colleague Tom Fitzgerald reported. Whatever that particular mix of sweet and sour is supposed to be, it's not Philly food. My mother-in-law, Eileen Schach, who grew up feeding a farm household and whose sister became one of the most feared caterers on Pittsburgh's North Side, assures me the German Pennsylvanians she grew up with don't pile those things together on their serving boards, either.
June 18, 2012 |
The transformation of Cherry Hill got rolling after World War II and hasn't stopped yet. The once-rural suburb's signature mix of lively commercial strips and leafy neighborhoods continues to evolve, which is good news economically, but not so hot for people living close to the changes. Consider Locustwood, a tree-lined section on the township's west side, where 73 residents recently signed a petition against a Route 70 car dealership's plan to expand its auto "inventory display lot. " "We built a house here in 1966, in the woods," says Bob Esposito, 82, vice president of the neighborhood civic association.
June 17, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's small-town bus tour of swing states rolled across eastern Pennsylvania Saturday, allowing the Republican presidential candidate to campaign as a champion of the middle class in picturesque everyday American settings and to munch on a meatball hoagie at a Wawa in Bucks County. Yet a group of some 250 Democratic protesters led by former Gov. Ed Rendell and waiting to pounce at a scheduled Wawa stop outside Quakertown caused the Romney motorcade to divert to another Wawa several miles away on Route 309. The abrupt last-minute schedule change gave a taste of the fight ahead in what is likely to be a close presidential campaign, in a political climate where every move by one side is increasingly contested by the other.
June 16, 2012 |
A Wawa in Bucks County will be the site of dueling ex-governors Saturday as a visit by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be preceded by a counter-event led by Pennsylvania's ambassador of hoagies, Ed Rendell. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will make a brief 12:40 p.m. stop at the Wawa at 1960 John Fries Highway in Quakertown as part of his six-state bus tour to tell voters that, according to Romney, "President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies.
June 10, 2012 |
Hackers attacked Wawa's website Friday afternoon, replacing images of hoagies and smoothies with a cartoon Hitler. A hacker group called UGNazi announced that it had defaced the website. The group replaced Wawa's promotional content with a portrait of "Kawaii Hitler," an obscure Internet meme. A spokeswoman for Wawa initially denied that the Delaware County company's website had been compromised. But late Friday, Lori Bruce issued a statement acknowledging that visitors were being redirected to a "non-legitimate Web page.
May 9, 2012 |
Five-cups-a-day coffee-drinker Paul Friel, the former Sunoco and Wawa executive who has run the Broomall-based Swiss Farms chain of drive-up dairy and convenience stores for the last three years, just picked up a second job: He's also the new CEO of the Saxbys Coffee shop chain. Investor Robert E. Brown Jr.'s MVP Capital Partners, the Radnor firm that's owned Swiss Farms since 2003, paid previous owner Joseph Grasso less than $3 million in cash and debt payments for Philadelphia-based Saxbys, according to people familiar with the terms.