Headlines: Wawa HQ Expansion Plan Moves Forward

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

It looks like everything is coming up Wawa at the moment. Not only did the quick-stop giant recently announce their plans for a flagship at Broad and Walnut (and hope to have it open by the time Pope Francis I is in town), the Chester Heights Borough Council recently approved an expansion plan at Wawa’s Red Roof corporate headquarters at 260 West Baltimore Pike.

According to the Daily Times, the plan received conditional approval in December 2014 and this week’s vote was unanimous, with two councilmen abstaining on various votes, including Councilman Frederick Wood, whose father founded Wawa. Here is the plan: Read more »

BizFeed: Wawa Rushing to Open Center City Flagship For Pope Visit

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

1. Wawa Rushing to Open Center City Flagship

The News: Wawa is reportedly moving full-speed ahead to build its flagship location in Center City, hoping it will be completed by the Pope Francis visit in late September. The 5,300 square-foot store (with indoor seating!) will replace the Robinson Luggage store at Broad and Walnut Streets.

The Philadelphia Business Journal spoke to Larry Steinberg, senior vice president of Wawa’s retail brokerage firm CBRE, who said the retailer is “rushing to open prior to the Pope’s visit.” Read more »

Why Dunkin’ Donuts Is Philly’s True Coffee Soulmate

The cup of coffee you carry around Philly says a lot about you. In a city where no one smiles or, God forbid, says hello, it can quickly relay a good amount of information about strangers. I like to think of it as the human equivalent of a butt sniff – or rather, the Philadelphian’s equivalent of a butt sniff.

When I see Red Hook’s cute little cup parading down Fourth Street, I can’t help but admire its drinker. Not only did she resist the best muffin in town, but she went to a locally owned café and spent a little extra to support her neighbors. She’s socially conscious and expensive smelling, but not so much better than me that she remembered her reusable travel mug. Read more »

How Wawa Is Spreading the Gospel of Hoagies

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Promotional image posted to Wawa’s Twitter account on April 11th, with the message: “They say it’s National Submarine Day, but we’re sticking with the term hoagie.”

Wawa opened three stores on April 23rd in Fort Myers, Florida. The convenience store chain, which began an expansion into Florida in July 2012, has 65 stores in the state. It plans to have 100 locations by the end of 2016. Read more »

Rewards App Wars: Wawa vs. 7-Eleven

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Wawa and 7-Eleven seem like polar opposites when it comes to customer loyalty and brand power.

In one corner is Wawa, beloved by Philadelphians for always being there with a cup of coffee on your morning commute or a late-night Italian hoagie when you’ve had too much to drink.

In the other corner is 7-Eleven, seen by many as corporate, drab and lacking a hometown feel (and the all-important deli counter). In fact, a recent survey found that customers prefer Wawa to 7-Eleven by a 2-to-1 margin. Read more »

Here’s What Went Down at Wawa’s Madhouse Birthday Party

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Mayor Michael Nutter and Wawa President/CEO Chris Gheysens pour the “first cup” of free coffee for Wawa Day. (Photo: Dan McQuade)

The Wawa at 17th and Arch often pulsates with activity. It’s the closest Wawa to many Philadelphia office buildings, including the Comcast Center across the street. But, on Thursday morning, this Wawa was even more mobbed than usual. Not only was Wawa offering free coffee — the chain’s first location opened on April 16th, 1964 — but Mayor Michael Nutter was making an appearance to officially declare today Wawa Day.

Wawa store No. 86 is the closest Wawa to the Philadelphia magazine offices, as well, so I stopped by to check out the dog-and-pony show. Read more »

First Look at Renderings of New Flagship Center City Wawa

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A rendering of the new Wawa and Broad and Walnut.

Mayor Michael Nutter unveiled the first renderings of the new Wawa location at Broad and Walnut today. The new location, according to Wawa president and CEO Chris Gheysens, will have “a look that is unlike any store that we have.” The spot will have indoor seating, unique among Wawa locations currently. Read more »

Wawa Reverses Center City Abandonment

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Wawa #103 at 912 Walnut Street won’t be the only Walnut Street Wawa in Center City.

What started as a Twitter rumor was confirmed by Michael Klein. Wawa is coming back to Center City Philadelphia, and in a big way. The local convenience store is under contract with the former Robinson’s Luggage at Broad and Walnut.

The new store will have 5,300 square feet of space and a source told Klein there will be seating inside.

What isn’t clear is whether this opening will be followed by other Center City stores or if this new location will differ from the traditional Wawa.

Property has more from Mike Gorman of Metro Commercial Real Estate.

Wawa Coming to Former Robinson Luggage Spot on Broad Street [Property]

Wawa Coming to Former Robinson Luggage Spot on Broad Street

UPDATE (11:12 a.m.):

Mike Gorman of Metro Commercial Real Estate, who brokered the deal on behalf of the landlord, confirmed that Wawa is under contract for the space. “If everything moves forward as it should, I think it’s going to be a fantastic location.”

In fact, it looks like this use permit reaffirms the Wawa news.

RETAIL SALE OF FOOD BEVERAGES AND GROCERIES ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF AN EXISTING BUILDING WITH PREVIOUSLY APPROVED USES.

ORIGINAL POST (9:42 a.m.):

There was one tweet that caught our Shorti-lovin’ attention this weekend. It came from our favorite foul-mouthed Philly blogger:

Turns out, that’s more than mere rumor. Michael Klein of The Inquirer reports that the 5,300 square-foot space is “under contract” and the grab-and-go giant “is working to obtain approvals in time for an April 16 announcement.” Read more »

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