October 2, 2013 |
The brand-new Wawa on Route 202 between Wilmington and Concordville has something I hadn't seen at a Wawa before: Tables and chairs. Except for a few experiments, the 600-store chain, based outside Media, has operated on the principle of grab, pay, and scram. Take your hoagie and your coffee, and eat it in your truck or on the job. Convenience, not relaxation. Hey, it's the Northeast. But this 16-gas-pump, hoagies-smokes-snacks-and-Cokes shop adds four two-seater metal tables on the porch sidewalk, amid the square, stone porch pillars, inviting customers to sit awhile.
September 5, 2013 |
BARBARA ZIMATH is seeing the best in humanity, less than a week after she experienced the worst. A Wawa spokeswoman said the company will provide the longtime employee with "financial support for bills incurred" after she was brutally beaten last Wednesday by two heartless thugs in Port Richmond. A steady stream of Daily News readers also reached out and offered to donate money to Zimath, 30, who doesn't have health insurance, after her harrowing tale appeared in the paper Saturday.
September 1, 2013 |
THE STREETS of Port Richmond were empty and still as Barbara Zimath trudged along in the predawn darkness. She'd made the same trek countless times for much of the last 12 years, a path that led from her rowhouse to the Route 15 bus stop at Richmond Street and Lehigh Avenue, on her way to work at a nearby Wawa. She was on the phone just before 6 a.m. Wednesday with her husband, Dave. She'd never run into trouble before, but hearing his voice was reassuring. You know, just in case.
May 10, 2013 |
COFFEE expert Aaron Ultimo doesn't do drive-through java. He can't remember the last time he had Starbucks. And, until very recently, he hadn't drunk a Dunkin'. Or even a Wawa. Ultimo and his wife, Elizabeth, own and run two South Philly shops. Foodie website The Daily Meal recently rated Ultimo Coffee's locations the best in the U.S. At the Ultimos' cafes - one at 15th and Mifflin, one at 22nd and Catharine - each fresh grind represents a single-origin, sustainable grower.
April 30, 2013 |
Forty-nine years ago, Conshohocken leaders began crafting a comprehensive plan to transform the grimy old mill town into a modern, livable municipality, albeit a small one. At just over one square mile, Conshohocken is shoehorned into a bend of the Schuylkill River, but is within earshot of I-476 and the Schuylkill Expressway, two of the region's major arteries. It took several decades, but between the vision of past leaders and the impact of that pair of highways, Conshohocken has become one of the region's hottest neighborhoods, with sleek condo towers, destination restaurants and corporate headquarters along the waterfront, and a locally owned, family-friendly strip of restaurants, bars, and stores along Fayette Street.
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.
April 7, 2013 |
'TIS THE week that college-admission offices send their official acceptance and rejection letters to hopeful applicants. Those cheers and groans you've been hearing are from high-school seniors wondering where they'll park their lives for the next four years. The din is almost - but not quite - drowning out the panicked cries of soon-to-be college grads. They must now pay back the truckloads of money they borrowed to pay for their pigskins. Their debt will swell the $1 trillion tab already owed by U.S. college grads.
April 1, 2013
A visit to Wawa and Sheetz stores in Bethlehem, one of the few places in Pennsylvania where the convenience-store chains compete, finds both committed partisans and practical choices. "I use them both," said limo driver Bob Stahley, gassing up at the Sheetz on Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem, across the road and just up the hill from the Wawa. "I like Wawa's soft pretzels. But this side of the road is on the way to New York. " "They copy each other," said Charles Beegle, in a Pirates cap, in his Cable Service Co. truck.
April 1, 2013 |
Pennsylvania divides a few ways: Phillies vs. Pirates. Democratic ex-factory towns vs. Republican ex-farming townships. Nittany Lions fans vs. everyone else. And Wawa vs. Sheetz - though that might be the least bitter rivalry: The state's two big gas-and-milk, Cokes-and-smokes, Tastykakes-and-store-built sandwich chains try not to fight. They're not like Ford vs. GM. Instead, they have mostly drawn lines and split the land between them. Like Comcast and TimeWarner Cable. Which you prefer depends on where you were raised: Wawa is Philly and the Shore from Jersey to Virginia Beach.