Wawa At 17th & Arch Reopens

Rejoice, Center City dwellers, the Wawa on Arch and 17th has reopened — and let me just say, it is as beautiful as a Wawa could be. Of course it looks brand new because it is, pretty much, brand new. But still, it is for the time being (until we get our grubby hands all over it) extremely organized.

Like every great Wawa it has a gigantic coffee station and a deli/hot foods/other good stuff counter complete with a fancy sign and a monitor that says the date, time, and weather. There is an entire rack of shelves dedicated to an assortment of gum and candy as well as a lone counter especially for cigarettes, which anyone who has waited in line for the cashier to find “the red pack” the guy in front of you is pointing out knows is a great idea.

Enough of the Wawa love, just go check it out for yourself next time you need to satiate your Hoagiefest craving.

Speaking of Hoagiefest, did you know you can download your own Hoagiefest ringtone? Well, now you do. You’re welcome.

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  • Peetah

    As a bonus it looks like there are a handful of specials going on (nice considering the suickitute of this year’s Hoagiefest ‘specials’)
    – free coffee any size
    – all fountain drinks any size $.99
    – shorti cheesesteaks $1.99

  • Tartan69

    The changes better make it more efficient…it is a nightmare at lunchtime. The pics posted here only show one check-out register, which is concerning.

  • http://philadelphia.foobooz.com Foobooz

    That is the cigarette specific checkout counter. They’ve split away that duty and lottery card sales as well from the regular cashiers.

  • cd50

    Did they clean up the homeless guy holding the door?

  • Jayfar

    This had always been a cramped, but awesomely fast, efficient and friendly Wawa. Under the old layout the line to the checkout during morning rush would snake all the way to the rear refrigerator cases, but still the wait was never more than a few minutes.

  • Tartan69

    @Foobooz — thanks for the clarification, I didn’t catch that on my first read-through in the article.

    @Jayfar — I agree the cashier line was not overly slow…I was thinking more about the wait to get your sandwich at lunchtime.

  • Tartan69

    Went today at exactly noon to grab lunch…it was utter chaos. You could not move through the store due to the immense crowd of people waiting for their sandwiches to be made. The store feels larger, but only barely. Certainly nowhere close to the “double” square footage they are claiming.

    More complaints: The way they’ve set up the check-out lines is confusing…there is no “one” line. Thus people queue up behind one check-out while others are empty. This cannot be even remotely as efficient as it used to be. They ran out of receipt paper. Also as I had bought a pre-made salad (I was not waiting for a shortie!), I had to wade back through the crowd to get the salad dressing which was curiously placed in front of the deli. Clearly they were not ready for the lunch rush…although ultimately people need to realize it is a convenience store, and not a sandwich shop.

    It also didn’t help that the sidewalk is still not open and you have to risk walking in traffic just to get to it. Either way I won’t be back anytime soon.