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May 23, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Turns out that Wawa's trademark, the Canada goose, is also a snowbird. Wawa will open 50 new stores this year, half in Florida. The chain with 725 stores and $9 billion in sales last year is also undergoing a major facelift.More than 200 legacy stores are being remodeled at $1 million to $1.5 million a store. And the newer stores, which have fuel pumps, also will get a new look. The privately held company's stock, 40 percent of which is owned by employees, continues to do well, workers report.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Wa-What: Privately held convenience, gasoline retailer; 725 stores in Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland - $9 billion in 2015 sales. Wa-Where: Wawa, Delco. Wa-When: Wood family started iron foundry in 1803; switched to dairy, home milk delivery in 1902. First store opened in 1964. Wa-Who: 28,000 workers, 12,381 here; 900 corporate.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Developer Eric Blumenfeld intends to bring the Divine Lorraine back to its hospitality roots with a planned boutique hotel in part of the 124-year-old North Broad Street property that's mostly being converted into apartments. Blumenfeld is seeking an operator for a hotel, featuring 24 guest rooms, that would occupy the Divine Lorraine's less-ornate annex building, where the developer had previously planned additional apartment units, he said Wednesday. "I mean, the sign on the roof says Divine Lorraine Hotel ," Blumenfeld said in an interview during a tour of the property and his other area holdings for investors.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A lottery ticket sold at a Wawa in Montgomery County is worth $1.2 million after a recent drawing. The ticket matched all six winning numbers (10, 16, 17, 22, 47 and 48) in Thursday's Match 6 game, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The jackpot winner was sold at the Wawa located at 981 N. Wales Road in North Wales. The store gets a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket. The winner has one year from the drawing date to claim the prize. The ticket wasn't the only recent big winner in the Philadelphia suburbs.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia plans on Tuesday to announce the receipt of a $5 million donation from the Wawa Foundation and the opening of the Wawa Volunteer Center in the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on the hospital's University City campus. Wawa's founding Wood family has a history of supporting CHOP dating to the hospital's founding in the 1850s. Separate from the Wood family, Wawa has raised more than $3 million for CHOP programs, the hospital said. CHOP said that through the Wawa Volunteer Center its goal is to increase its volunteer program to 1,000 particpants in the fiscal year that starts July 1, from 600 now. hbrubaker@phillynews.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker  
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Delran police thought they were responding to a car accident Thursday night; someone had called 911 about a crash on Route 130 North just before midnight. When they arrived, they found a Chevrolet Cruze, stopped after it had hit the center median, near where 130 intersects Chester Avenue. On the ground outside the driver's side, Cynthia Fortune, 54, lay bleeding from a stab wound in her neck. At a nearby diner, according to the Burlington County prosecutor, her husband, Quentin S. Fortune, 37, bloody and in his underwear, was asking for a glass of water.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2016 | By Allie Volpe, For The Inquirer
'I'm in an open relationship with Wawa and 7-Eleven," said Melissa Broder. "I'm in a triad. " It sounded like something she might have tweeted on @sosadtoday, Broder's viral, irreverent, stream-of-consciousness Twitter account. But Broder was speaking by phone from her home in Los Angeles, where there are no Wawas. "Wawa will always have my heart," she says. "It's my first love, but love the one you're with. " Before she was the key-holder to a 300,000-plus following on Twitter and author of So Sad Today , a memoir named for the account, Broder was an anonymous tweeter.
NEWS
February 5, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
When Wawa Inc. won preliminary approval from Concord Township in August to begin selling six-packs of beer in one Delaware County store, beer lovers among the Wawa fanatics around the region rejoiced. Then they waited. Months passed and no beer came. They waited some more. While the wait isn't quite over, Wawa said Wednesday that it had moved an important step closer to stocking brews on its shelves. For months, the convenience-store chain has been at odds with the Concord Board of Supervisors over nearly two dozen restrictions imposed by the township as conditions to sell beer at the store on Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford.
NEWS
January 17, 2016
Wawa Inc., of Media, will raise the minimum hourly wage it pays store workers to $10. The move comes amidst a tightening labor market, where there is now competition for workers at all levels, including low-wage workers, economist Joel Naroff told members of the MidAtlantic Employers' Association Friday. Also raising its minimum wage is Sheetz Inc., the Altoona-based convenience store chain. The company, with $6.9 billion in revenue and 17,000 employees, said Wednesday it would spend $5 million to increase wages.
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