November 12, 2015 |
PAPAL PILGRIMS love Wawa sandwiches. About 1.1 million people went through security magnetometers during the two-day celebration. And, oh, by the way, Pope Francis thinks the women in Mayor Nutter's administration rock. These were just some of the takeaways from September's World Meeting of Families celebration, according to Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison and Samantha Phillips, the city's director of emergency management. Gillison and Phillips, in a sit-down with reporters yesterday, detailed what went well and not so well during the global event in Philly: * Unlike a prior July Fourth celebration in the city, cellphones actually worked.
November 6, 2015 |
DEAR MAYOR-ELECT Kenney: I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your surprise, come-from-behind win this past week. I know it must have been a complete shock that you actually squeaked by the Republican candidate, given the scrutiny the Democratic voters in Philadelphia always give to their own. Fortunately, after a lot of serious concentration at the polls, your tenacity and welcoming message to those who disagree with you persuaded...
September 20, 2015 |
Two hours before a brass trio from the Philadelphia Orchestra played the fanfare from Rocky and Mayor Nutter promised a hoagie for Pope Francis, the line to enter the Wawa formed Friday morning down Broad Street. "Congratulations," a man in a suit said, as he opened the door at Broad and Walnut one minute before 8. Enthusiasts clutching free coffee and $2.99 Shorties christened a shrine to Wawa, rushed to completion ahead of the papal visit. Even after Wawa condensed its stock of city stores in favor of profitable pastures in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida, a cultlike following flocked to this new flagship - the first Wawa in Center City to open in decades.
August 6, 2015 |
Beer lovers and Wawa fanatics are one step closer to being able to carry out six-packs of beer with their hoagies and groceries from one Delaware County store. At a meeting Tuesday, the Concord Township Board of Supervisors announced its approval of Wawa Inc.'s request to sell beer at its store on Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford. The decision does not mean shoppers can start flocking to the store for brews. Wawa still needs approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
July 27, 2015
THE PHILLIES are in the basement. The Eagles are a major question mark. But at least we'll always have Hoagiefest. As president and CEO of Wawa, Chris Gheysens oversees the groovy annual discount-sandwich love-in, along with the chain's 695 stores (the new beachhead for expansion is Florida) and 23,000 employees. Gheysens, 44, is married with four children and visited Rome last month as part of the city's papal delegation, tasked with nailing down details for the pope's visit this September.
July 23, 2015 |
Weeks of suspense have attended convenience-store giant Wawa's request to sell beer at a Delaware County location. On Tuesday, the Concord Township Board of Supervisors decided that the suspense would last at least two more weeks. Just hours before a verdict was due Tuesday, the township announced that no decision would be on tap before the supervisors convene Aug. 4. Their decision will determine whether Wawa, one of the region's most popular convenience chains, can elbow its way into a beer market long dominated by distributors selling larger quantities.
July 21, 2015 |
ZIONSVILLE, Pa. - It's a gray early spring morning in the Lehigh Valley when Pat Toomey slides into the leather passenger seat of an aide's Ford Explorer. The Republican U.S. senator scans his itinerary, laid out meticulously in a white three-ring binder. A memo for each event lists a one-sentence "purpose," then background and talking points: "Great to Be Here With You Today," "Wawa's Leading by Example," "Overwhelming Bipartisan Support. " His planned speech honoring Sister Mary Scullion, the Philadelphia advocate for the homeless and mentally ill, includes pronunciation: SKULL-E-ON.
July 21, 2015 |
Kim Ladig is as loyal as Wawa customers come: The Garnet Valley resident visits her local Chadds Ford store two to three times a day. "For coffee, a sandwich, gas, I'm really here all the time," Ladig said Friday, hands full of groceries, her two children at her side. "They've got it all. " Almost. This week, Wawa, one of the region's most revered convenience stores, could take the first step toward adding yet another item to the short-list for its dedicated, harried shoppers: Beer.
May 28, 2015 |
SURPRISE! The Roots are performing again at the Wawa Welcome America! Festival's Philly Fourth of July Jam. The Roots, performing at the festival for the seventh straight year, will be joined by co-headliners Miguel and Jennifer Nettles. With past performers who include high-profile names like Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and John Mayer, some observers have questioned the uniqueness of this year's acts. "In an incredibly diverse city like Philadelphia with a wide range of tastes in music, on the one hand it's probably virtually impossible to make everyone happy," Mayor Nutter said at a news conference yesterday at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
April 29, 2015 |
Running a Wawa store and managing a Roman Catholic parish might not seem to have much in common. But last week, a group of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary students, a year from being ordained as priests, had the last of five management-training sessions inspired by a program that St. Joseph's University professors developed for the convenience-store chain. For the seminarians, the Thursday management classes at St. Joseph's Haub School of Business were in sharp contrast to the philosophy and theology classes that are central to their formation as priests.