October 31, 2012 |
For a convenience-store chain that takes the postal-carrier mantra to the retailing extreme - on the job in any weather, plus holidays - what happened to Wawa in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy can be called a crisis of unprecedented scope. Nearly a third of Wawa's 601 stores - 194 in all - were without power Tuesday, most of them closed and in areas most affected by hobbled utility systems in New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. While Wawa was not alone in its struggle - Giant Food Stores said 33 of its supermarkets in the Philadelphia suburbs and as far west as Reading were open but subsisting on generators and ice-packed trucks in parking lots - Wawa's troubles were acutely startling.
August 10, 2012
Wawa has paid $12,500 to a Cumberland County man to settle claims that he was improperly denied service at a company store while accompanied by his service dog, state authorities announced Wednesday. Patrick Stark, 33, went to a Wawa store in Millville, where he lives, on June 13 to buy a sandwich, and was told he would not be served unless he took his dog outside. The self-employed glass artist explained that the animal, a Queensland heeler wearing special tags, was permitted in the store by law, but a store manager told him to leave.
July 20, 2012
James John Hvizda, who had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges for stabbing his estranged wife to death in the parking lot of a Wawa store in Upper Uwchlan, now says he wants to go to trial. During a sentencing hearing Thursday before President Judge James P. MacElree II, Hvizda said he wanted to withdraw his plea and take his chances at trial, even if it meant the death sentence rather than accepting the prosecution's offer of a life sentence without parole. MacElree said a hearing would be scheduled within 10 days on the plea withdrawal.
July 20, 2012 |
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer joined Wawa Inc. bosses Howard Stoeckel and Chris Gheysens Wednesday for the opening of the Delaware County-based chain's first store in the Sunshine State, a quick-turnover smokes-and-Cokes, gas-and-hoagies outlet drawing homesick Philadelphia expatriates and curious natives to Orlando's Central Florida Parkway. Wawa says it will "penetrate" central Florida between now and late August with two more stores in Orlando and two in nearby Kissimmee, with later sites planned for the Tampa area.
June 30, 2012 |
For years, it seemed, Wawa couldn't get out of Center City fast enough. With growing ambitions, the stalwart convenience-store chain ditched site after site over the last decade as it fixated on bodacious locations on more land than could be found in a dense downtown. As the popular purveyor of hoagies, cigarettes, and coffee vacated old haunts across walkable Philadelphia to reinvent itself as a glorified sandwich spot, its departures were greeted with dismay, even anger, among residents who felt abandoned by a beloved hometown chain.
June 28, 2012 |
Police are investigating a report of a stabbing at a Wawa in Cinnaminson, Burlington County earlier this morning. Police were dispatched to the convenience store on the 2100 block of Church Road about 7:30 a.m. One person was transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, but that person's identity and condition have not been released. Check back for details as they develop.
June 28, 2012 |
A Sicklerville woman stabbed another woman during a fight over a man earlier today that started inside a Cinnaminson Wawa and turned violent in the parking lot, township police said. Kartelina Holt, 32, was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and other weapons offenses. Holt and Ashley Anderson, 25, of Pennsauken, first fought in the store on the 2100 block of Church Road shortly before 7:30 a.m. "The fight was actually broken up. Everyone walked out on their own," Detective Sgt. William Covert said.
June 24, 2012 |
Meatballs in sweet tomato sauce. With pickles? And vinegar peppers? That's what Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney ordered, in a Shorti hoagie, at a Bucks County Wawa last weekend, as my colleague Tom Fitzgerald reported. Whatever that particular mix of sweet and sour is supposed to be, it's not Philly food. My mother-in-law, Eileen Schach, who grew up feeding a farm household and whose sister became one of the most feared caterers on Pittsburgh's North Side, assures me the German Pennsylvanians she grew up with don't pile those things together on their serving boards, either.
June 18, 2012 |
The transformation of Cherry Hill got rolling after World War II and hasn't stopped yet. The once-rural suburb's signature mix of lively commercial strips and leafy neighborhoods continues to evolve, which is good news economically, but not so hot for people living close to the changes. Consider Locustwood, a tree-lined section on the township's west side, where 73 residents recently signed a petition against a Route 70 car dealership's plan to expand its auto "inventory display lot. " "We built a house here in 1966, in the woods," says Bob Esposito, 82, vice president of the neighborhood civic association.
June 17, 2012 |
Mitt Romney's small-town bus tour of swing states rolled across eastern Pennsylvania Saturday, allowing the Republican presidential candidate to campaign as a champion of the middle class in picturesque everyday American settings and to munch on a meatball hoagie at a Wawa in Bucks County. Yet a group of some 250 Democratic protesters led by former Gov. Ed Rendell and waiting to pounce at a scheduled Wawa stop outside Quakertown caused the Romney motorcade to divert to another Wawa several miles away on Route 309. The abrupt last-minute schedule change gave a taste of the fight ahead in what is likely to be a close presidential campaign, in a political climate where every move by one side is increasingly contested by the other.