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.
April 7, 2014 |
For Barbara Baals of Gloucester Township, the closer was when a favorite Wawa cashier at the Washington Township store serenaded her with a rendition of Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately. " Ken Kropp was taken by the unsolicited care packages that arrived at his Aston home when the staff at his local Wawa learned he was ill. Lisa R. Bachart can't say enough about the over-the-top gift basket her Sellersville Wawa donated for a fund-raiser to aid her 10-year-old daughter, who is fighting a rare eye disease.
November 27, 2013 |
A MASKED, gunslinging thug has terrorized the same Northeast Philadelphia Wawa four times since last month, and police yesterday implored the public for help identifying the bandit. The latest robbery happened about 3:30 a.m. yesterday, police said. The robber, wearing a ghost-face mask like the one featured in the "Scream" movies, burst into the Wawa on Bustleton Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard in Oxford Circle, gun in hand, and announced a robbery before taking cash from the register and cigarettes, Northeast Detectives' Capt.
November 24, 2013 |
Wawa stores in New Jersey have been slowly rolling out self-service vending machines to sell instant-win cards and draw games from the New Jersey Lottery. At the grand opening of a Wawa store Friday in Jackson, lottery officials helped celebrate the formal announcement of the partnership, which allows tickets to be sold through the machines. Wawa plans to have every New Jersey store - 240 at current count, with more opening soon - equipped with the machines by Memorial Day. The Jackson store was the 30th to install a machine.
November 8, 2013 |
AFTER the swelling went down and reality started to set in, Barbara Zimath knew she was going to need new teeth. Question was, how could she ever afford them? Zimath had been wracked with worry over unenviable problems like this one ever since Aug. 28, when a pair of scumbags robbed her and pummeled her face for sport while she waited in the predawn darkness for the Route 15 bus in Port Richmond. One front tooth was completely knocked out during the attack. Three others were left loosened and crooked because of a fracture in the bone behind her gumline.
October 4, 2013
It's hard to imagine, but the Philadelphia Daily News actually overreached more in its editorial against driller XTO Energy ("Drill Seeker," Sept. 13) than Attorney General Kathleen Kane did in her filing against the company. To compare an accidental leak that, according to state and federal regulators, caused no lasting environmental impact to a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers is absurd. Let's be clear: an accident happened. The company responded immediately and cleaned the site.
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.