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.
April 18, 2015 |
Hometown convenience retailer Wawa will open its first store featuring interior bar stools and a counter for dining at Broad and Walnut Streets this year. At a Wawa Day celebration Thursday, with Mayor Nutter on hand, the company announced plans for a 5,300- to 5,500-square-foot "flagship store" at the former Robinson's Luggage location at one of Center City's busiest intersections. Construction will begin next month and be completed by the end of the year, said spokeswoman Lori Bruce.
April 9, 2015 |
Philadelphia police on Tuesday released a photo of the paint-smeared van they say three men used to abduct and rob a Jewelers Row worker Saturday. They also released new details of the woman's ordeal. Police say the 53-year-old victim, an employee at National Watch & Diamond Exchange on Eighth and Chestnut Streets, walked to a parking garage at 733 Chestnut with the store's owner around 4 p.m. Saturday. The two parted ways in the garage. That's when the victim was approached by three men who forced her into the van, a maroon Ford Econoline manufactured between 1997 and 2002, Capt.
October 31, 2014 |
Another day, it seems, another "better-burger" shop. New in the frying pan is Grub Burger Bar, a rising chain out of College Station, Texas. Its first area location opened recently at 159 York Rd. in Willow Grove (215-800-0699), next to a Wawa and an outpost of Zoës Kitchen in a new development at York and Easton Roads. (A Montgomery Mall location is on tap for mid-2015.) Grub works the high-ceiling, industrial-look atmosphere. It is fast-casual - that is, order at the counter and find seating, or get the order to go. You can also sit and eat at the full bar, whose signature frozen drinks include a $4 margarita and shakes.
September 30, 2014
ISSUE | PUBLIC HEALTH Other shoes to drop CVS Pharmacy has discontinued the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products. It is rare for any business to sacrifice revenue for the public's benefit. I salute them. But other retailers, including Wawa, continue to sell tobacco, which is known to cause cancer, heart disease, pulmonary illness, and eventually death. Wawa should do the right thing and drop tobacco. |Myles Gordon, Philadelphia Needling consumers Recently, I drove by my local pharmacy and counted displays for at least a dozen lawn signs for at least five different vaccines or diseases.
September 11, 2014 |
AVALON, N.J. - When you walk into the Paper Peddler, there is an accumulated-over-time perfume of ink and paper - a vintage scent in an era when electronic devices have taken over delivering the written words of books, magazines, and newspapers. And so - shut out by potential customers who would sooner take a photo of the cover of a book with a plan to download it later and a dwindling customer base of print newspaper readers - the Paper Peddler will close its doors at the end of the month after 46 years.