June 10, 2012 |
Hackers attacked Wawa's website Friday afternoon, replacing images of hoagies and smoothies with a cartoon Hitler. A hacker group called UGNazi announced that it had defaced the website. The group replaced Wawa's promotional content with a portrait of "Kawaii Hitler," an obscure Internet meme. A spokeswoman for Wawa initially denied that the Delaware County company's website had been compromised. But late Friday, Lori Bruce issued a statement acknowledging that visitors were being redirected to a "non-legitimate Web page.
May 9, 2012 |
Five-cups-a-day coffee-drinker Paul Friel, the former Sunoco and Wawa executive who has run the Broomall-based Swiss Farms chain of drive-up dairy and convenience stores for the last three years, just picked up a second job: He's also the new CEO of the Saxbys Coffee shop chain. Investor Robert E. Brown Jr.'s MVP Capital Partners, the Radnor firm that's owned Swiss Farms since 2003, paid previous owner Joseph Grasso less than $3 million in cash and debt payments for Philadelphia-based Saxbys, according to people familiar with the terms.
April 25, 2012 |
Early on the afternoon of April 1, Jim Duffy of Havertown unwittingly dropped a couple of rolls of bills while paying at the register of an Upper Darby Wawa. A woman snatched the $2,300 in cash from the floor and made a dash for the door, as seen on surveillance video. This morning, Stephanie Paparo, 28, a mother of three from Clifton Heights, was arraigned on misdemeanor charges of theft and receiving stolen property, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendant Michael Chitwood.
April 15, 2012 |
Wawa's next boss learned business at his dad's car wash, and drinks his coffee black. Cup a day. Maybe two. "This company isn't about the CEO. We have 18,000 associates, and this is really about them," the workers Wawa relies on to keep heavy users coming back at 600 stores, says Chris Gheysens, Wawa's past chief financial officer and current president, who is scheduled to take over as chief executive when Howard Stoeckel retires at year's end....
April 11, 2012 |
Imitating Homer Simpson's famous catchphrase, "D'oh!" was Tom Friel's initial reaction to the news that his Delaware County hometown was not the inspiration for the fictional setting of "The Simpsons. " Matt Groening, creator of the longest-running American sitcom, broke his silence after more than 20 years of fan guesses to reveal in an interview with Smithsonian magazine that the Springfield his characters inhabit is modeled after a Springfield in Oregon. Groening grew up just over 100 miles north in Portland, he told the magazine for a story being published in its May issue.
March 27, 2012 |
A Chester County mother's worst fear - that her estranged husband would kill her or one of her four children - was first articulated last summer, months before she was fatally stabbed Sunday night, her attorney said. Francis C. Miller said his client, Kimberly Hvizda, believed that James J. Hvizda, a former baseball star, was capable of murder, and she secured a restraining order against him in November, more than six months after she had filed for divorce. Kimberly Hvizda, 37, of Chester Springs, was starting her shift at the Wawa convenience store in Upper Uwchlan Township at 11 p.m. Sunday when James Hvizda arrived for a prearranged exchange of letters, the criminal complaint said.
March 26, 2012 |
Despite a protection-from-abuse order, a Chester County mother of four agreed to meet her estranged husband at her workplace Sunday night so she could give him two letters. But, authorities said today,the exchange was a setup for homicide. James J. Hvizda, 45, told police that he had been planning to kill his wife, Kimberly A. Hvizda, since around St. Patrick's Day and even kept a journal chronicling his murderous intentions, the criminal complaint said. Kimberly Hvizda, 37, of Chester Springs, was starting her shift at the Wawa convenience store in Upper Uwchlan Township at 11 p.m. when James Hvizda, met her outside.
March 8, 2012 |
A thoroughly mobilized Cherry Hill neighborhood was unable to prevail against a proposed mega-Wawa. A marathon township planning board meeting ended early Tuesday with unanimous final approval for a $6 million combination gas station and food store on Haddonfield Road, despite strong opposition from residents who live nearby. The new Wawa will rise on the site of a closed Toyota dealership on the west side of the roadway, just south of Yale Avenue. Homeowners on adjacent streets organized their neighbors, distributed petitions against the proposal, and engaged a consultant to assess the development's impact.
March 1, 2012 |
Emmanuel Dungworth must have thought himself blessed when, in 1715, he chose the bank of the Pennypack Creek for his grist mill and millwright's house in the village known as the Billet. There, along an Indian trail, were water to power the mill and patrons to buy the flour. Local lore has it that George Washington stopped by to purchase grain for his militia in 1777. For nearly three centuries, the sturdy stone and wood buildings at Horsham and York Roads in what is now Hatboro have stood as a tangible link to the past.
February 19, 2012 |
Neighbors of a proposed mega-Wawa in Cherry Hill say the store will be far from super - and far too close to their homes. "It's going to be ugly," says Mark Burckley, 50, whose house backs up on a strip of Haddonfield Road where Wawa intends to build a $6 million food market/gas station combination. A public hearing on the final plan is set to continue before the township Planning Board on March 5. The project does not require a zoning variance. Company officials say the store will feature 6,000 square feet of space, six two-sided gas pumps, and 50 parking spots.