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(Philly.com)   Wawa runs were invented 50 years ago this month   (philly.com) divider line 37
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2014-04-06 10:28:13 AM  
Wawa and Costco are proof that a company doesn't have to be pure evil to make a profit. Treat your employees right and they'll bend over backwards to help the company and the customer. If the customer is happy, they'll spend more, thus increasing profits.

Good thing Wawa is privately-owned. Wall Street hates it when a company puts people before profits. Look how Wall Street hates how Costco treats its employees.
 
2014-04-06 11:28:51 AM  
Helen Keller asks for it by name!
 
2014-04-06 11:41:56 AM  
Wawa is awesome.  I still don't like their touch screens, because it stops you from developing a relationship with your sandwich technician, but the place is the most customer friendly retailer I have ever shopped at.
 
2014-04-06 11:48:45 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Wawa is awesome.  I still don't like their touch screens, because it stops you from developing a relationship with your sandwich technician, but the place is the most customer friendly retailer I have ever shopped at.


I like the touch screens because it let's you make special orders easily and quickly without feeling like you're overburdening the deli clerk with too much information all at once.  Plus, they lay out exactly what's available so that you don't waste a lot of time (or the deli clerk's time) asking a bunch of questions about what kind of cheese, condiments, etc, are on offer.

Wawa has started to make inroads in FL, and though they haven't worked themselves down as far south as I am yet, I'm looking forward to the day they do.  They're streets ahead of the 7-11s and Racetrack's that dominate the gas+convenience market down here.
 
2014-04-06 12:07:04 PM  
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2014-04-06 12:38:31 PM  
But how does a Wawa run compare to a Sheetz run?
 
2014-04-06 12:47:28 PM  
I remember the Wawa I went to on vacations in NJ, and now they're making it to FL with a few locations still a bit far, but at least. Sandwiches and their ice cream for the win!
 
2014-04-06 12:49:00 PM  

bluorangefyre: But how does a Wawa run compare to a Sheetz run?


Wawa is better.  I grew up in NJ and live in FL, but I was pretty excited that Wawa was coming down here. I wind up going to our fancy Racetracs more though because they always have a coupon for something free. They gave me 90 coupons for free Froyo.

Still love Wawa subs and soft pretzels though.
 
2014-04-06 12:53:18 PM  
I despise most everything about gas stations, convenience stores, and fast food but the unholy marriage of the three into the holy Trinity that is Wawa somehow works.  I can't drive by one without stopping.  Also on road trips I actually have a "Where is the closest Wawa" setting on my global positioning and mapping app.
 
2014-04-06 01:49:21 PM  
Was I the only one who thought the headline referred to Barbara Walter's diarrhea?
 
2014-04-06 02:10:36 PM  

reprobate1125: bluorangefyre: But how does a Wawa run compare to a Sheetz run?

Wawa is better.  I grew up in NJ and live in FL, but I was pretty excited that Wawa was coming down here. I wind up going to our fancy Racetracs more though because they always have a coupon for something free. They gave me 90 coupons for free Froyo.

Still love Wawa subs and soft pretzels though.


I lean toward Sheetz because of variety, but like both.
 
2014-04-06 02:16:28 PM  
Never heard of the store, but George Harrison endorsed them in a awesome gong, so I like it!
 
2014-04-06 02:32:25 PM  

reprobate1125: bluorangefyre: But how does a Wawa run compare to a Sheetz run?

Wawa is better.  I grew up in NJ and live in FL, but I was pretty excited that Wawa was coming down here. I wind up going to our fancy Racetracs more though because they always have a coupon for something free. They gave me 90 coupons for free Froyo.

Still love Wawa subs and soft pretzels though.


Their Pretzels have had a strange run.  They were really good a number of years ago.  Then they changed bakeries and while the pretzels looked good, they tasted horrible, especially for an area of the country that consumes more pretzels per person then anywhere else.  I guess that the company listened to its customers and changed the pretzel recipe or bakery again, and while it is leaps an bounds over the things that they were calling pretzels and are actually edible, they area still nowhere as good as they were before they changed the first time
 
2014-04-06 02:39:44 PM  
That's funny. I contacted wawa corporate and they swore they didn't change distrutors.
 
2014-04-06 02:42:56 PM  

reprobate1125: That's funny. I contacted wawa corporate and they swore they didn't change distrutors.


 I have a few good friends that each managed a different store, and they told me that they did change.  Can't remember if it was the bakery or the recipe though
 
2014-04-06 02:58:58 PM  
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2014-04-06 03:29:14 PM  
Before this article I had never heard of Wawa. Now I wish they had stores here in Georgia. Though I likes me some QT.
 
2014-04-06 03:59:38 PM  
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2014-04-06 04:28:41 PM  
That brings back memories.  We used to call the Mahwah, NJ store just to hear them say "Hewwo, this is the Mahwah Wawa."
 
2014-04-06 05:08:03 PM  

bluorangefyre: But how does a Wawa run compare to a Sheetz run?


CSB: The manager of the Wawa I worked at during high school was named Sheets.

I've always loved Wawa stores.  I can't believe how much they've expanded the food selection since I worked there.  Since moving out of the area, I do miss some of the sandwiches (like the Thanksgiving one) and the Sizzlies.

I've worked shifts at two of the highest grossing Wawa stores in the company.  When a Wawa is busy, it's a farking madhouse.
 
2014-04-06 05:14:40 PM  

NeoCortex42: bluorangefyre: But how does a Wawa run compare to a Sheetz run?

CSB: The manager of the Wawa I worked at during high school was named Sheets.

I've always loved Wawa stores.  I can't believe how much they've expanded the food selection since I worked there.  Since moving out of the area, I do miss some of the sandwiches (like the Thanksgiving one) and the Sizzlies.

I've worked shifts at two of the highest grossing Wawa stores in the company.  When a Wawa is busy, it's a farking madhouse.


Which stores are the two Highest Grossing?
 
2014-04-06 06:07:49 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Wawa is awesome.  I still don't like their touch screens, because it stops you from developing a relationship with your sandwich technician, but the place is the most customer friendly retailer I have ever shopped at.


I miss Wawa coffee.  Lived on it all through high school in PA.  That shiat could wake the dead.
 
2014-04-06 06:19:40 PM  
Wawa now is finishing the baking in store of their bread making what used to be a average but dependable hoagie a good hoagie.

Still not primo etc, but they work.
 
2014-04-06 07:43:24 PM  

nightronin: NeoCortex42: bluorangefyre: But how does a Wawa run compare to a Sheetz run?

CSB: The manager of the Wawa I worked at during high school was named Sheets.

I've always loved Wawa stores.  I can't believe how much they've expanded the food selection since I worked there.  Since moving out of the area, I do miss some of the sandwiches (like the Thanksgiving one) and the Sizzlies.

I've worked shifts at two of the highest grossing Wawa stores in the company.  When a Wawa is busy, it's a farking madhouse.

Which stores are the two Highest Grossing?


Well, this was back around 2000, although it probably hasn't changed much.  I don't remember the exact order, but two of the top three were the Texas Ave store in Cape May, and one of the Wildwood stores.  I worked shifts at both of those to cover when they were shorthanded a few times.  My main store was Rt. 9 & Rt. 47 in Rio Grande, which was almost as busy as those other two.

Of course, that's during summer months.
 
2014-04-06 08:57:41 PM  
Wawa seems to be heading toward the "super" stores only & dumping their roots :(

FYI, locals try their hardest to stay away from Wawa during summer weekends down here...Bad craziness.

And Neo...The Rio Wawa has continued its travels into the Twilight Zone. (then again, so has the whole area)
 
2014-04-06 09:15:03 PM  

CBob: Wawa seems to be heading toward the "super" stores only & dumping their roots :(

FYI, locals try their hardest to stay away from Wawa during summer weekends down here...Bad craziness.

And Neo...The Rio Wawa has continued its travels into the Twilight Zone. (then again, so has the whole area)


I pulled a few graveyard shifts when I was working at the Rio Wawa. You certainly meet some interesting folks doing that.
 
2014-04-06 11:00:32 PM  

Close2TheEdge: Marcus Aurelius: Wawa is awesome.  I still don't like their touch screens, because it stops you from developing a relationship with your sandwich technician, but the place is the most customer friendly retailer I have ever shopped at.

I miss Wawa coffee.  Lived on it all through high school in PA.  That shiat could wake the dead.


It's all carafes now.  Which is cool considering that you can get a 67% Columbian.
 
2014-04-07 12:07:50 AM  
I went to a Wawa once.  Of course this was during my ONLY time in NJ thanks to my girlfriend at the time.  I wasn't impressed, but she said they were literally everywhere, and seemed sad a Wawa was going up where a school used to be.
 
2014-04-07 12:09:34 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Marcus Aurelius: Wawa is awesome.  I still don't like their touch screens, because it stops you from developing a relationship with your sandwich technician, but the place is the most customer friendly retailer I have ever shopped at.

I like the touch screens because it let's you make special orders easily and quickly without feeling like you're overburdening the deli clerk with too much information all at once.  Plus, they lay out exactly what's available so that you don't waste a lot of time (or the deli clerk's time) asking a bunch of questions about what kind of cheese, condiments, etc, are on offer.

Wawa has started to make inroads in FL, and though they haven't worked themselves down as far south as I am yet, I'm looking forward to the day they do.  They're streets ahead of the 7-11s and Racetrack's that dominate the gas+convenience market down here.


WaWa would do well in the CenTex area.  Bucees would be there main competitor.  Just the other day someone mentioned "Jersey Mikes".  I was all, "I'm from Jersey.  fark Jersey Mikes.  Gimme a WaWa on the side of the highway!"

A what?
WAWA!! You know? The place you stop on the way to the shore?
The what?
The Jersey Shore, I know you've seen it!
Shutup, Yankee!
 
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2014-04-07 06:47:23 AM  
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2014-04-07 10:55:19 AM  

boogerwolf: Before this article I had never heard of Wawa. Now I wish they had stores here in Georgia. Though I likes me some QT.


I grew up near Philly, and had a Wawa within walking distance growing up. Stopped by there several times a week before and after school.
I'm in GA now and really miss them. QT is nice, but you really do miss the deli aspect that Wawa had.

/no 7-11s in GA either! What the hell?
 
2014-04-07 11:26:01 AM  
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WA-WA
 
2014-04-07 01:49:49 PM  
Gaambit:

/no 7-11s in GA either! What the hell?

I don't think you are missing much. I live in the Philly burbs where there are probably more 7-11's than Wawa's (although that is changing very quickly, with Wawa now opening stores smack in between 7-11 stores in some cases).
7-11 is pretty awful. Everything is insanely expensive, unless you want a gross cup of coffee and days-old hot dog. Cigs are like $1.50 more than any other place. And you have that one 'Apu' employee that seems to work 24/7, 7 days a week. Plus only a couple of their stores near me have gas pumps. I'm really not sure how they are able to survive with a Wawa and Sunoco mini marts on every corner.
 
2014-04-07 02:04:51 PM  

MBZ321: Gaambit:

/no 7-11s in GA either! What the hell?

I don't think you are missing much. I live in the Philly burbs where there are probably more 7-11's than Wawa's (although that is changing very quickly, with Wawa now opening stores smack in between 7-11 stores in some cases).
7-11 is pretty awful. Everything is insanely expensive, unless you want a gross cup of coffee and days-old hot dog. Cigs are like $1.50 more than any other place. And you have that one 'Apu' employee that seems to work 24/7, 7 days a week. Plus only a couple of their stores near me have gas pumps. I'm really not sure how they are able to survive with a Wawa and Sunoco mini marts on every corner.


All I want is a Slurpee.
Hot Georgia summers are made for Slurpees.

Could never understand how Rita's Water Ice (or Ice Custard Happiness or whatever they're called now) has failed to take off down here. I've seen a few in the Atlanta/Athens area close up shop in the last few years. Might have something to do with everyone coming in and just buying custard cones.
 
2014-04-07 02:19:02 PM  

Gaambit: ever they're called now) has failed to take off down here. I've seen a few in the Atlanta/Athens area close up shop in the last few years. Might have something to do with everyone coming in and just buying custard cones.


I don't understand that either. I was down in Florida a couple years ago and remember seeing a couple closed-up Rita's (as in..space for rent, not closed for the season). It looks like they are on the west coast now and the reviews are pretty positive, although some people 'don't get it', whatever that means. They have become pretty expensive though, IMO, especially since the ice has dropped in quality. Still beats a Slurpee though.
 
2014-04-07 03:25:57 PM  

MBZ321: Gaambit: ever they're called now) has failed to take off down here. I've seen a few in the Atlanta/Athens area close up shop in the last few years. Might have something to do with everyone coming in and just buying custard cones.

I don't understand that either. I was down in Florida a couple years ago and remember seeing a couple closed-up Rita's (as in..space for rent, not closed for the season). It looks like they are on the west coast now and the reviews are pretty positive, although some people 'don't get it', whatever that means. They have become pretty expensive though, IMO, especially since the ice has dropped in quality. Still beats a Slurpee though.


Yeah, I had to explain to people what water ice was and why I was so excited to see them. I knew of ONE down here that was year-round, yet the one across from Piedmont Park is closed for several "winter" months. They should be killing it with that location!

Sorry for the Rita's threadjack. Go Wawa!
 
2014-04-07 06:46:44 PM  
Did someone say ouaouaron?

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/get it... wa wa run -->  ouaouaron?
 
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