Did You Know You Can Hike the Wawa Preserve? And More Secret Local Trails You Can Find in This Handy New App

ChesLen Preserve, Photo credit: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture

ChesLen Preserve, Photo credit: Simone Collins Landscape Architecture

Hold the phone: Did you guys know you can run, hike and, heck, just explore, the land surrounding Wawa’s corporate offices in Media? The 98-acre piece of land, located near the Wawa headquarters and aptly named Wawa Preserve, is owned and operated by the Natural Lands Trust.

It’s one of 39 lesser-known tree-, trail- and bird-filled preserves throughout eastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, 18 of which are open free of charge for public use seven days a week. And to make this news even better, the Natural Lands Trust just rolled out a free app called ExploreNLT that makes navigating the many miles of trails within their preserves super simple.

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Oof. Here’s How Many Calories Are in Those Wawa Pizzas

If you live in Philly and not under a rock, you probably heard that Wawa is selling pizza now. In the few days since its debut, the convenience store’s focaccia pizzas have gotten mixed reviews. The folks over at Philly.com got their hands on three of the five available pies—there are plain, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, veggie and bacon-jalapeño in all—and were generally unimpressed. But over on Twitter, people seem to be digging it—or at least digging the concept.

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Wawa Is Selling Pizza Now

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On Monday, Wawa rolled out a new menu item to its touch-screen menu ordering: Pizza. That’s right: You can now get pizza at your local Wawa. It’s even on the menu!

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This is not just a test rollout in the area, either: Wawa ’za is for sale at all the chain’s locations. It comes in five varieties: cheese, veggie, pepperoni, buffalo chicken, and bacon jalapeño popper. Oregano and parmesan cheese are the available toppings.

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Wawa Only Nation’s Second-Favorite Convenience Store

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According to a new marketing report, Wawa is the second most-beloved convenience store chain in the United States. It finished second in the rankings, behind QuikTrip. The Tulsa-based chain operates in the Midwest and South.

Before even getting into the data, let’s note what complete B.S. this is without even knowing anything about QuikTrip. If there’s one thing people in the Philadelphia area do well, it’s gush about Wawa. Does the Midwest’s equivalent of Johnny Knoxville have a QuikTrip tattoo? Did five women visit every QuikTrip and blog about it? Do robbers dress up in QuickTrip employee t-shirts and steal cigarettes? Did I write a piece on 50 cool things about QuikTrip? Was Christine Speer Lejune interviewed for this survey?

Maybe Floridians haven’t figured out Wawa’s greatness yet and gave it lower marks. It’s the only possible explanation.

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Northeast Philly Wawa Robbed Again by Man with Knife

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This morning, a Far Northeast Philadelphia Wawa was robbed for the second time in less than a month by a man with a knife. Police say the man who robbed the Wawa at Knights Rd. and Clarendon Ave. got away with an unidentified amount of cash.

The same Wawa, which is across the street from Far Northeast Philly’s tony Crestmont Farms section, was robbed on July 14th by a man wielding a knife. Police later charged Mark J. Beaver with that crime. In that crime, cops say Beaver handed the clerk a $1 bill, then brandished a knife after the register opened. He reached into the register and escaped with cash.

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Morning Headlines: Flagship Wawa Closes; Locals Mourn

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Okay, that’s not true. Though the Greater Philadelphia area is taking this harder than James Garner’s death (RIP, Rockford), I doubt there’ll be a candlelight vigil — but note my use of the word “doubt,” because the region’s love for Wawa is (some would say irrationally) fierce.

deco daily times coverIt’s the front page of the Delaware County Daily Times, headline blaring: “1…and Done” and “End of the line for historic Wawa store.” To which I reply: WHERE WAS THE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE ON THIS? Working on the Boyd and the Blue Horizon? Priorities, people!

Barbara Ormsby, reporting for the Delco Daily Times, strikes a wistful note: “The Wawa on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue — the company’s very first convenience store that opened 50 years ago — will soon be gone, but won’t be forgotten.”

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