RESPONSE: Wawa Is Working to Balance Everyone’s Needs at Broad and Walnut

Photo via Google Maps.

I want to bring your attention to the recent article written by Joe Trinacria, “Like You, Ed Rendell Hates the Wawa at Broad and Walnut.” We are deeply concerned about its negative view of an important urban problem that needs the full attention of business, government, nonprofits, and citizens.

We believe targeting any single retailer to make a point on homelessness without posing any solutions is unfair and takes us a step back. Is this type of negativity really the best way to serve your readers, the citizens of Philadelphia, and those who are homeless? We’re sure you would agree that homelessness is an issue that affects all of us and requires a collective effort to work together for productive solutions. Read more »

We Want to Hear Your True Life Wawa Stories

Photo illustration by Joe Trinacria.

I have plenty of Wawa memories that are pleasant: As a kid, picking up a paper with my dad to read about who blew the Eagles game for us; Traveling across state lines for a taste of home while in college; Grabbing a hoagie (paired with Herr’s Sour Cream and Onion chips and a Tastykake, naturally) on my way to work as a lifeguard in high school – one of the better summer jobs of my adolescence.

But then there’s the dark stuff. The weird and often inexplicable life events that will remain stowed away in your limbic system for eternity, ready to call up at a moment’s notice. I’m talking about those “it could only happen at Wawa after midnight” moments we all have experienced. Read more »

Like You, Ed Rendell Hates the Wawa at Broad and Walnut

Wawa image via Google Maps

On my morning walks to Philly Mag’s offices on Washington Square I trek northbound across Center City, occasionally taking Broad Street up to Walnut and navigating construction zones until I’m steered back onto the sidewalk by the Wawa. That’s typically when I’m hit with a waft of what I assume can only be a mix of spilled Turkey Hill iced teas, trash can juice, and urine. Oh yes, it’s a lovely start to the day.

Count me among the many who were excited about the potential of a Wawa at Broad and Walnut when it first opened. But today, as I’m incessantly harassed by a regular crew of panhandlers drawn to the free bathrooms and 24-hour foot traffic of Philly’s favorite convenience store, I don’t know anymore — it’s not as bad a look as the old Forum on Market Street, but it’s close. And you know who’s with me on this? Ex-mayor and ex-governor Ed Rendell. Read more »

Wawa GM Allegedly Tells Employee: ‘We Aren’t Paying You to Speak Puerto Rican’

A former Wawa employee has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the region’s favorite convenience store chain after he reportedly faced discrimination for his Latino heritage from management before he was ultimately fired last spring while out on disability.

The federal complaint, filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges that Wawa wrongfully terminated Juan Piniero, fostered a racially hostile work environment at its franchise in Reading and violated the state’s Human Relations Act. Attorneys representing Piniero have asked the court to rule in favor of their client and award damages in excess of $75,000 for his pain and suffering. Read more »

Wawa Coming to East Market

Architect’s rendering of Ludlow tower with Wawa on ground floor: BLT Architects via National Real Estate Development

Remember when Wawa stores were thick on the ground all over Center City and adjacent neighborhoods?

Looks like they will be once again, for this morning, in a news conference fueled by plenty of free Wawa coffee, officials at National Real Estate Development (National Development) announced their latest tenant signing for the retail portion of the East Market project: a Wawa store to go on the 12th and Market corner.

“We are delighted that Wawa, one of the most beloved brands in our region, will be our next partner in reshaping the East Market neighborhood,” Daniel Killinger, National Development’s managing director, said in a news release. “Together, with all of our tenants, we are creating a dynamic urban neighborhood, transforming Market Street with active ground floor retail tenants. Wawa is a perfect anchor for East Market on Market Street.” Read more »

You Can Get Free Wawa Coffee on Thursday

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This week is shaping up to be a pretty good one.

Why? First, the warm weather brought a sort of early summer to Philly yesterday, and the balmy temperatures are supposed to stick around all week. And now – news that’s just as likely to bring a smile to your face – Wawa will give out free coffee on Thursday.

In celebration of its 53rd anniversary, the company will hand out cups of any size. And while you might not be happy with Wawa hoagies, we can all get behind free coffee.

“Wawa Day provides us with a chance to connect with and honor the millions of customers we’ve served over the past 53 years who have been so integral to Wawa’s growth over that time,” Wawa President and CEO Chris Gheysens said in a press release. “It’s always exciting to celebrate our customers, associates and communities by giving away one of our most beloved products, Wawa coffee!”

Wawa is also celebrating a milestone with the three-year-old Wawa Foundation, a non-profit organization through which the company aims to donate $50 million to “causes supporting health, hunger and every day heroes by 2018,” according to a press release.

The company expects to give out two million cups of coffee at its more than 750 stores across six states. It would be the most coffee given away by the company to date.

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