The original Wawa location in Delaware County is closing down after 52 years on Friday. Read more »
Yesterday, we told you about Gov. Tom Wolf’s plea to “free the six-pack” at Pennsylvania gas stations. Wolf called for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to approve several licenses that
On cue, today the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved nine applications yesterday. Several were from gas stations asking to be able to sell six-packs of beer (up to 192 fluid ounces at a time). Almost as if this were designed this way, Wolf then released a statement complete with hip graphic (above) declaring victory and praising the LCB. Hrmm. Read more »
Looking for a summer love? Don’t bother with dimly-lit bars serving $6 Coors Lights. Skip the club scene and the electronic beats. Even your corner coffee shop with the expensive — but admittedly delightful — light roast may not be the right spot. The real place you should plop down is in your local Wawa. At least that’s what the data from Craigslist’s Missed Connections suggests.
For a February 2013 issue of Psychology Today, Dorothy Gambrell created an infographic mapping the most popular spots for missed connections across the nation. For the majority of states, the prime destinations were the supermarket, the gym, public transit and Walmart (in 15 states, yikes). Aside from Illinois, which oddly has its top location as “at home,” and Rhode Island where apparently you’re bound to meet in a parking lot, Pennsylvania takes the snack cake for the oddest spot with convenience stores — a.k.a. Wawa (and, okay, Sheetz).
If you’re unfamiliar with Missed Connections, it’s the section on Craigslist where Internet sentimentalists write short posts about a person they saw somewhere — or someone they had a brief conversation with — who they can’t get out of their head. A lot of it is romantically oriented. Occasionally they can get a bit weird.
As I write this, 30 Wawa-related missed connections are currently listed on the Philadelphia site, dating back to March 24th (the posts disappear after 45-day limit), out of 1,003 missed connections. Open it up nearby locations like Central Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware, that number grows to 86 Wawa-romantics out of 2,367 posts. That adds up to about 4 percent of the Missed Connection community. While that may on first glance may seem small, a large chunk of the other messages aren’t actually missed connections. Artist, writer and researcher Ingrid Burrington found during a study of Missed Connections data that almost half of the posts on the site fall into a “Grey Area” that includes, replies to other posts, tirades about former relationships, and saucy poems or song lyrics. The rest of the posts for Philadelphia are scattered about the city or don’t include a specific location.
But either way, there are a lot of hopeless — or misguided — romantics out there, crossing their fingers that a few Internet clicks may connect them with the love of their life. And a lot them appear to be frequenting your local Wawa; buying sandwiches, filing up on gas, and hoping not to miss another opportunity.
So why would a place that specializes in made-to-order hoagies be a top spot for almost-lovers? Read more »
While customer service has long been the Achilles heel of Comcast’s reputation, they might’ve taken a step in the right direction by teaming with one of the most beloved brands in Philly. Comcast Business and Wawa announced that Xfinity Wi-Fi will be available in every Wawa store beginning … today.
It will come up on your screen as “xfinitywifi” and is completely free. Not bad. Now Wawa will really be the perfectly anti-social convenience store — you don’t have to talk to people to order your sandwich and you won’t have to waste data on your phone while you’re waiting for it. Read more »
Reversing an old trend, Wawa is making a big push into Center City.
Today is Wawa Day, celebrating the anniversary of the first Wawa convenience store’s opening on April 16th, 1964, in Folsom. Free cups of coffee are given to patrons chain-wide. As such, a line of corporate heads — as well as Mayor Jim Kenney and sports media personality Howard Eskin — were on hand at the Wawa flagship store at Broad and Walnut to pour the ceremonial “first cup of free coffee” and make some major announcements. Read more »
A new Wawa is coming to Center City.
On Monday, Wawa announced it would reveal the renderings and location of a new Center City Wawa on Thursday at the flagship store at Broad and Walnut streets (“the Robinson Luggage Wawa”). Two sources have confirmed to Philadelphia magazine that Wawa will be in a currently vacant location at 1900 Market Street. The Philadelphia Business Journal reported the same earlier this morning. Read more »
Thursday morning, Wawa will unveil renderings for its new Center City location. If history is any indication, the plans will, to put it mildly, be well received.
When the chain’s mothership opened at Broad and Walnut last fall, Mayor Michael Nutter was on hand to give his blessing, even inviting the Pope to drop by for a hoagie. Eagles cheerleaders warmed up the crowd, while none other than the Philadelphia Orchestra played the national anthem and “Amazing Grace.” (As much as this reads like a Parks and Recreation episode, it all really happened.)
As someone who grew up here, there’s a part of me that understands this. You simply don’t escape Northeast Philly without a deep, abiding respect for Wawa, without basking in the glow of its iced tea case, without understanding the beauty of a 3 a.m. parking lot breakfast sandwich.
Which is why I’m hesitant to say this: We don’t need another Wawa in the city. Read more »
Wawa plans to add 5,000 jobs in six states as it prepares for the summer season, the company has announced.
More than 100 Wawa stores will host open houses throughout March and April, where potential hires can receive a brief, first interview, and learn more about the company culture. Applicants are encouraged to apply online at www.wawa.com, whether or not they attend an open house. Read more »
When the Eagles signed offensive lineman Brandon Brooks to a 5-year, $40 million deal earlier this month, his first words about the city of Philadelphia were pretty good.
Philly is “like a smaller, cleaner version of New York,” he said. Who knew the city derisively nicknamed “Filthydelphia” had a reputation as being clean, even if it was just in a comparison to New York? Brandon Brooks started off on the right foot.
Now things are getting even better. He’s embraced Wawa. Read more »
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.
The Cult Of Wawa [Mashable]
It’s a Wawa World [Phillymag]