Fuel and Food Are Quick, but the Fealty Is Forever – The 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?
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.
Gotta have a Wawa? – 03.06.2008
Sammichs – 12.13.2006
Wawa, Sheetz, convenience stores, Hank Stuever
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.
Wawa, convenience stores
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.
New York Times, Stone Harbor, NJ, Jersey Shore