Nice gas pumps, douchebags.
Wawa has confirmed our suspicions: they suck.
Today [Wawa] is a major player in the gas market. Wawa has about 200 sites with service stations, and all new Wawas will sell gas, [Wawa CEO Howard] Stoeckel said. The company has its own storage facility in the Port of Wilmington, he said.Brilliant move.
Luckily, one Inquirer reader was up for taking them to task.
Letters: Wawa flight to suburbia denies its urban rootsWord. Amen. Etc.
Thursday's article, "How Wawa became a success," noted that all new Wawas will sell gas. This corporate decision, along with Wawa closing some older stores and Center City locations, seems wrongheaded.
Wawa was an iconic Philadelphia brand. Yet, unlike companies, such as Tasty Baking, that made a corporate commitment to the city, Wawa is retreating to the suburbs. The chain's popularity downtown was highlighted by the dozens of students who protested in the streets when Wawa closed its store at 20th and Locust Streets. As Philadelphia makes international headlines for its urban renaissance, it seems a foolhardy corporate decision to disassociate from the city.
Replacing older stores with gas-stationed "super-Wawas" is equally misguided. With gas prices rising, more and more people are buying smaller cars, driving less, and traveling by train. There is also a well-documented national preference for living in towns, villages, and cities, rather than sprawling suburbs.
Given these facts, if Wawa hopes to succeed, it should again "read the trend right," as it did 45 years ago, and reconnect to our region's towns and cities.
Gregory Heller, Philadelphia
How Wawa Became A Success [ Philadelphia Inquirer ]
Letters: Wawa flight to suburbia denies its urban roots [ Philadelphia Inquirer ]
Breaking: Rittenhouse Wawa Effs Loyal Customers, Set To Inexplicably Shut Its Doors Forever on February 29th, 2008