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NY Times on Wawa vs. Sheetz

Fuel and Food Are Quick, but the Fealty Is ForeverThe Times

The comforts of two chains of convenience stores — Wawa in the east, and Sheetz to the west — inspire Pennsylvanians to choose sides.

There really isn’t any new ground in this Times story — I blogged about it 4 years ago when The Post did a story on it, but I thought I’d post it anyway.

I’ve written about Wawa vs. Sheetz before too — I’d be happy if either one opened near my home or work. Sheetz is unlikely, so that leaves Wawa. Hurry up! If places like Virginia Beach and Hoodbridge can have one, why can’t Alexandria, Arlington or Tysons?

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Wawa vs. Sheetz: The point is moot

Wawa vs. Sheetz: Isn’t That Convenient?The Post
Hank Stuever has a long column comparing and contrasting two Pennsylvania based convenience stores, Wawa (of the Philadelphia suburbs) and Sheetz (of Altoona). The former tends to be found as your get closer to the ocean and the latter closer to the mountains. Basically, I-95/The Fall Line is the Wawa/Sheetz line and each represents the cultures of those living, vacationing on each side, according to Stuever.

Whatever — it is a moot point as neither is has set up shop in any of the core Northern Virginia suburbs. Prince William County is the closest either of them has come and that probably the only place their footprints really overlap. I know Sheetz won’t be coming any closer, since their business model doesn’t believe in paying a lot for real estate. Wawa, I’m not so sure, but it looks like they may be following the Sheetz model — around here at least.

I like both stores, they are each unique and way better than the local convenience market leader, 7-Eleven. I’d gladly stop by either one of them if it were available.

PREVIOUSLY

Gotta have a Wawa? 03.06.2008
Sammichs12.13.2006

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Gotta have a Wawa?

This morning I heard another Wawa ad on WTOP. I remember hearing that Wawa was going to charging into this market two years ago, but the nearest Wawa to me is Woodbridge, not exactly close. In fact on our drive down to the Carolinas, we passed at least four on the I-95 corridor. There is at least one in Virginia Beach too.

Generally, I’m indifferent about convenience stores, but Wawa makes a pretty good sub. Between them, Sheetz and PotBelly, I’ve grown to accustomed to having a sammich with good meat, so I don’t visit Subway anymore. It would be really helpful to have Wawa in Tysons, but I fear they are going the Sheetz route and only opening up in the outlying areas where land is cheaper.

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So close, but really much farther

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STONE HARBOR, N.J.– The “socially sanctioned form of adult play” that is reading The Times is something I don’t have time for in my daily life, so getting to do so is one of the highlights of vacation . I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I thought I was in luck when I saw a Times box directly across Third Ave. from our condo. Alas, I was not since the box was jammed and the paper couldn’t be retrieved. I had to walk all the way to the Wawa at 95th Street, a 26 block roundtrip, to buy a paper because the Times is not that readily available in Stone Harbor like it is at resorts further north.

There was an upside though, Gmaps Pedometer says I walked approximately 1.45 miles every time I got the paper; seven miles I probably wouldn’t have walked otherwise over the course of the week.

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Sammichs

Since I pretty much gave up on McDonald’s and other fast food joints, I have switched to Subway and other chain sandwich joints for quick meals. I almost always go with a roast beef on wheat without cheese or mayo. Here is a rundown of my favorites

Sheetz

In the last six months Sheetz, the Altoona based convenience store/gas station chain, has become my favorite for subs. I like the MTO touch screen ordering, but most of all I like the good meat and bread. I actually crave these subs from time to to time. When we went to get our Christmas tree, I specifically looked up where the nearest Sheetz was on our route. I found one in Leesburg.

UPSIDES: excellent meat and bread, touch-screen ordering
DOWNSIDES: tends to be slow, no green peppers or spinach for toppings, only in rural areas

Potbelly Sandwich Works

PotBelly recently emerged as my favorite local (as in available in the D.C. area) chain. The two most important things — bread and meat are excellent. The service is pretty good too. It is my favorite local sub chain.

UPSIDES: excellent meat and bread, touch-screen ordering
DOWNSIDES: no green peppers or spinach for toppings, very few outside the Beltway

Wawa

If I can’t find a Sheetz, Wawa is a good alternative. The meat is good and there is also touchscreen ordering. If they switched from sweet peppers to green peppers, they’d be closer to #2 but not having wheat as an option hurts them.

UPSIDES: excellent meat, touch-screen ordering
DOWNSIDES: no green peppers or spinach for toppings, no wheat bread, very few around D.C. (yet) or on the way to Happy Valley

Booeymonger

Another local chain, I have had good sandwiches at Booeymonger every time. The meat isn’t as good as Sheetz or PotBelly, but better than Subway. They have green peppers as a topping, so that makes me happy.

UPSIDES: green peppers
DOWNSIDES: very few outside the Beltway

Subway

Up until recently, Subway was the go-to, but as I have tried Wawa, Sheetz, etc. Subway is kind of obsolete. The bread is mediocre and the meat is the worst in the industry. They gets points for quick service and most of all, toppings. I can get spinach and peppers here.

UPSIDES: ubiquitous, green peppers and spinach, efficiency
DOWNSIDES: meat quality

Blimpie

Blimpie has better meat than Subway, but fewer bread/roll and topping options. There are not too many either so I have not been to one in a long time. They may be better than I remember.

UPSIDES: meat
DOWNSIDES: limited toppings, bread, not too many of them


I have only been to Quizno’s once and I was not impressed.
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