Wawa deserves all of the love it receives. From the meatball sandwiches to the peach ice tea, Wawa is the classic go-to for a quick lunch break, a late-night ice cream run, or starting the day off right with a fresh, hot Sizzli. It’s the kind of place that, if you’re ever forced to live without it after becoming accustomed to its presence, you wonder how people without Wawas even exist. And coming into Wawa’s sphere of influence from the outside teaches you about the kind of comfort that comes from knowing that if you suddenly need some paper towels, Munchos, a ham hoagie and a pack of menthol cigarettes at 3am, there’s a place out there in the darkness that can help.
Anyway, Mashable just posted an article that totally nails why Wawa is so special—and why people are getting tattoos of its logo, writing songs about it, penning longform odes to its history, locality and cult status, and hanging out at the convenience store just for fun. So go check it out if you have a minute. It’s always cool when such a vital slice of Philly’s Philly-ness gets the national attention it so rightly deserves.
A man walked into a Wawa in Somerton, announced a robbery, leaped over the counter, pried open a cash register and eventually escaped with an unknown amount of money, police said.
The incident happened on December 30th; police just released surveillance footage this morning. Cops say the man entered the Wawa at 14101 Bustleton Avenue at 3:08 p.m. and immediately announced a robbery. Surveillance footage shows him jumping over the counter right after walking into the store. Read more »
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know:
Cosby sues Constand for breach of contract.
Comedian Bill Cosby, now facing a criminal trial he strove mightily to avoid, has filed suit against his most prominent accuser, Andrea Constand, and the National Enquirer’s parent company, claiming they broke Constand’s 2006 agreement to keep details of her lawsuit against Cosby confidential in exchange for a cash payment. The suit, which had been filed under seal, was re-filed in a redacted version yesterday, pursuant to a judge’s order. New York magazine’s Vulture section was the first to report on the redacted suit, noting that it confirmed The Hollywood Reporter’s earlier conjecture that the suit involved the confidentiality agreement. The Enquirer got roped in for reporting on the allegations against him, which Cosby claims broke contractual obligations it had with him. Cosby is seeking damages, or repayment of money previously paid to the defendants in this suit — plus interest. Read more »
Every time Wawa’s valuation goes up, Greg Pfeifer believes he’s losing hard-earned money.
Pfeiferwas employed at Wawa from 1992 to 2009, working his way up from retail stores to the company’s headquarters in Wawa, Pa., where he worked in the point-of-sale division. In that time span, he continually earned the company’s private stock through its employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) — and watched that stock grow as the company exploded from Philly favorite to a regional powerhouse with locations up and down the Eastern seaboard.
Upon leaving the company, Pfeifer claims he was told that he’d be able to keep his Wawa stock — and watch it grow — until he retired or reached the age of 68, when the company makes beneficiaries cash out. But in August 2015, Wawa allegedly forced all former workers to sell their company stock and barred any current or future workers from holding company stock once they’re no longer employed with the company. Read more »
A crosswalk was installed on the middle of Arch Street in December. Photo: Dan McQuade
The darkest time at the Comcast Center was in early 2012. Things were good at the company. But the Wawa was under renovation.
I was working there at at the time, along with about 5,000 other people. It seemed like half the building went through the Comcast Center’s back doors to go to the old Wawa for lunch, mid-day snack breaks or a quick coffee. Including me. And when the Wawa was being re-done, I never went out the Comcast Center’s back doors. The Wawa reopened in June of that year in a nicer, larger location. Even more people left the Comcast Center for the Wawa.
Here’s the problem: The Wawa is at 1707 Arch, in the middle of the block. The Comcast Center’s back doors are also in the middle of the block. The walkway and plaza at Three Logan Square (the former Bell Atlantic Tower) sits across from Comcast, too. The Comcast Center’s back entrance connects with Suburban Station. That means there is a lot of foot traffic across the middle of Arch Street that wasn’t there before the Comcast Center opened in 2008. While it’d be safer if everyone went to the corner to cross the street, that’s simply not happening.
So a Streets Department study came up with a solution: A new crosswalk in the middle of the block. Even better, Liberty Property Trust (which co-owns the Comcast Center) and Brandywine Realty Trust (which owns Three Logan) paid for the whole thing. Read more »
A new mixed-use complex on the Delaware River would bring apartments, townhouses, park space, and retail–including a new Wawa and an Aldi–to the mix of strip malls and big box stores on Columbus Boulevard in Pennsport. That’s according to a brochure from MSC Retail, which shows the expansive 16-acre parcel would essentially be divided into four distinct areas.
Bart Blatstein, who originally assembled the site some 20 years ago, purchased the property once again in 2014 for $13 million after plans for a Foxwoods Casino at 1401 South Columbus Boulevard failed to get off the ground.
A large retail complex would front Columbus Boulevard, which the brochure shows plans for a proposed Wawa at Tasker Street and an Aldi supermarket, located near a newly created drive aisle that looks to be an extension of Dickinson Street, the latter would get a new traffic light and extend to the river.
Blatstein couldn’t be reached for comment, but a person close to project said the plan is to be completed it in two phases: the retail portion opening in early 2017, and the residential part would follow at some point.
“Defendant’s use of the name and mark WAWA CURRY, as set forth above, is likely to damage and materially diminish the value of the name and mark WAWA and result in Defendant unfairly benefiting and profiting from the reputation and goodwill that is represented by the name and mark WAWA,” the lawsuit read. Read more »
Police released surveillance video of the suspect entering and leaving the store. According to cops, the man walked into the Wawa on September 18th at 3:40 p.m. and began loading all of the cans of Red Bull from a shelf into his backpack. When confronted by a store manager, they say, he left. The police did not say how many cans of Red Bull the man got away with, but said he left the store with the stolen items.
Cops also did not say why the public has been left in the dark on this crime for over a month. Hopefully you, like most smart people, keep an eye on your Red Bull stash at all times. Read more »
Wawa has launched its own credit card, and the popular retailer hopes it’ll attract more customers to get gas at its locations.
For the first two months that their accounts are open, Wawa Credit Card customers will save 25-cents-per-gallon on gas when re-fueling at Wawa locations. After that, they’ll save 5-cents-per-gallon on up to 100 gallons per month. (I’ll be applied to customers as a statement credit at the end of the month.) Read more »