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.
July 30, 2014 |
AN IRATE FATHER delivered a knuckle sandwich to a Wawa customer at a touch-screen kiosk on Sunday because he believed the man was ogling his daughter instead of the food, police said. Now, Upper Darby police are asking for the public's help in identifying the furious father or his darling daughter. The incident occurred about 5:20 p.m. at the Wawa on 69th Street near Patterson Avenue. The victim, 47, was ordering a sandwich when the diligent dad approached him, accused him of eyeing his daughter and then coldcocked him, police said.
July 22, 2014 |
Nothing lasts forever. Not even Wawa's original store, opened 50 years ago on MacDade Boulevard in the Folsom section of Ridley Township. Wawa is in the process of obtaining permits to open a "super Wawa" a little less than a half-mile away at MacDade and Kedron Avenue, company spokeswoman Lori Bruce said Monday. The Delaware County-based company hopes to have permits in hand by spring 2015. The opening of the new store is tentatively planned for spring 2016. "The original store would remain open," Bruce said, "until the new store opened its doors.
July 8, 2014
HERE'S A FLASH: "The Eight Things You Can't Say in Philly," in the July Philadelphia mag, was conjured up to stir controversy, or as it's called in the "biz," buzz. How? Attack the beloved. So I am a suckerfish for taking the bait. Knowing how the mag works, I believe most of the writers were copping an attitude. I have done that once or twice in my long career. (Or am I copping an attitude by writing that? Life can be so complicated.) For instance, Christine Speer Lejeune 's smackdown of Wawa.
July 3, 2014 |
IT WAS Arnaldo Cardona's first time at Wawa's Annual Hoagie Day celebration yesterday, and though he was dressed in a black T-shirt and dripped sweat, he didn't let the 93-degree weather spoil his mood. While others held umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun and fanned themselves with maps from the National Constitution Center, Cardona shimmied his shoulders and moved his feet to Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" blasting over the speakers to the crowd. "I'm hoping there's going to be a nice, big sandwich for me," said Cardona, 28, of North Philly.
June 8, 2014 |
After nearly a year of intense debate, Cheltenham has granted zoning approval for a Wawa store and 16-pump gas station on Route 309 in Wyncote. The proposal drew fierce opposition from residents of the adjacent townhouses who feared Wawa would bring excessive noise, traffic, and environmental risk - and might reduce property values. The proposal spurred 11 Zoning Hearing Board meetings, many of which ran more than three hours. An attorney for the residents called witnesses to testify that the 3.7-acre plot would be better suited for a hotel or offices, as it was originally zoned.