Now There Is Free Wi-Fi at Every Wawa

Comcast Tower via iStockphoto.com

Comcast Tower via iStockphoto.com

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 »

Wawa Is Planning Even More Center City Expansion

Wawa - 19th and Market - rendering

Rendering courtesy Wawa

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 »

Sources: New Wawa Is Coming to 19th and Market

19th and Market - new Wawa

1900 Market Street, rumored location of a new Wawa.

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 »

Center City Doesn’t Need Another Wawa

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

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 to Add 5,000 Jobs in Six States

Beer at Wawa is very close to becoming a reality in Pennsylvania.

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 »

New Eagles Offensive Lineman: “Wawa Is The Truth”

Brandon Brooks: Wawa Is The Truth

Brandon Brooks loves Wawa.

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 Gets Some Well-Deserved National Attention

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

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]

 

WATCH: Wawa Robber Stuffs Money Down His Pants

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 »

Morning Headlines: Secret Cosby Lawsuit Comes to Light

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for a court appearance Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown, Pa.

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 »

Former Wawa Employee Proposes Big Class-Action Suit Against Convenience Store Chain

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

Photo credit: Lauren Siegert via Flickr.

Every time Wawa’s valuation goes up, Greg Pfeifer believes he’s losing hard-earned money.

Pfeifer was 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 »

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