Super-sized Wawas not always wanted in Philadelphia suburbs
On any given day, Wawa stores across the Philadelphia region are jam-packed. In the morning, people come for the coffee and Sizzli breakfast sandwiches. At lunch and dinner times, folks flock there for hoagies, soup, mac-and-cheese, or one of the many other offerings on the ubiquitous touch screens.
But, as much as Philadelphians love the local chain, they don’t always love the idea of the store moving into their neighborhood. Especially if the store is what some have coined the “Super Wawa.” Often open 24 hours, these stores come with upscale facades, gas pumps with canopies, and expanded parking lots. They have been popping up across the region over the last two decades.
TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer A super-sized Wawa convenience store and gas station combo at 2535 Aramingo Ave in Philadelphia.
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