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Old 10-22-2012, 10:19 PM
Location: Some where North of South Jersey
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Originally Posted by nybbler View Post
With Wawa expanding, how am I going to know when I've crossed from North Jersey to South Jersey? What next, cheesesteak joints?

You'll know when your on the other side of the bridge. lol
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:15 AM
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I've been in some nasty Quick Cheks, but I've never been in a nasty Wawa...

I have many friends and some family who live in North Jersey and they are all "Wawa" people and make it a point to stop on the way through. I do have to say though that Wawa is getting a little weird with some things. They sell a lot of "Wawa" brand stuff and have eliminated some of the name brands they used to carry except in the larger stores. I have no problem buying Wawa water, but when I want a Snapple and can only get Wawa brand tea, it's kind of annoying because they used to carry it. At one point they even eliminated Red Bull in favor of their own brand, but they backed off that one pretty quick. Another plus for Wawa is that many of them are now gas stations as well and they are very price competitive and also don't charge more for credit like so many stations do these days.

I will throw out an oddball one though, Heritage's. It started in Gloucester County and to this day is pretty much limited to the Gloucester and Cumberland county areas. Some are absolute dumps, but some of them are very nice and well run. I have one right near my house (about a quarter mile from a Super Wawa) that is very nice and well run. Going in there is like going to the corner deli. You know everyone who works there, they are friendly and they ask about your kids. The food is pretty good and I personally think their sandwiches/hoagies and breakfast items are better then what you get at Wawa (everything is generally sliced to order and the breakfast sandwiches involve actually frying an egg). They also have some nice specials and perks. Each week they do a "lunchbox special" which is a halfpound each of three different meats and a halfpound of cheese for a set price, usually around $8. They also have a milk club where you get 1 free gallon for every 7 you buy and a coffee club where every 10th cup is free. I usually find myself heading in there over Wawa depending on what I need.

What I find funny is that all of these chains, from Wawa to Heritage's to Quick Chek to Sheetz (PA) they all started out as dairy farms and all formed their "convenience store brands" around the same time in the 1960's. Wawa openly cites the reason why on their page as being do to people no longer wanting home milk delivery, instead preferring to buy it in the new "supermarkets". Instead of just giving up on the retail business each of the farms simply opened their own retail stores to sell the milk and offer some basic items, a "mini supermarket" that people could go to just to pick up essentials quickly. So, four major competing brands (well three, Heritage's really doesn't count) that pretty much all have the same root, end of home milk delivery and rise of "supermarkets".
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:59 PM
Location: Clifton, NJ
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Hmm.... I think I gotta go with Quickchek.

What NJGoat said is true, Wawas are universally well-kept and Quickcheks run the gamut from beautiful to skanky. Maybe this has something to do with franchising -- Wawa corporate checks its stores more frequently or demands a higher standard from the managers of individual locations? Just a guess.

I grew up drinking Wawa coffee (It was that damn Mocha Alert cappuccino that got me hooked around age 14 ) and eating Wawa subs and not knowing any different. I went through a phase in high school/college where I went to Wawa every day and reconned employee t-shirts (gifts from friends who worked there) into cute tops, skirts and stuff. There was one Quickchek near me, and I thought the coffee was good, but not worth driving to when I lived right near a Wawa.

Then I moved up north and Quickchek was my closest option. The coffee is much better and I think the sandwiches are, too. The meat they put on their sandwiches always tastes fresher. The coffee is more flavorful and Quickchek offers more options on its coffee fixins bar. Now whenever I go down the shore to visit my parents, I always hit a Wawa for old time's sake and always, ALWAYS, am disappointed with the coffee and think "how did I ever drink this crap?" haha.

Wawa makes delicious mac and cheese. They've got Quickchek beat in that area. Wawas are always clean and charge the same amount for gas whether you pay with cash or credit. Wawa store brand stuff is good -- I like their blue raspberry soda and their iced teas.

Quickchek has better coffee, better subs and a wider variety of hot food. Wawa baked goods can't stand up to Quickchek's. Quickchek has more frequent promotions, like a free coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich and stuff like that on its Facebook page (does Wawa? I should probably check before acting like only Quicky does, haha) And Quickchek has scratch-offs, another huge plus in my book.

And like another poster said, Quickchek has a wider variety of stuff.

So I vote Quickchek. But if we're throwing in other coffee places, I'd put 7-11 over each of them, Dunkin Donuts between, and Starbucks at the same level as Quickchek. I love 7-11's blueberry coffee mixed with french vanilla cappuccino -- it's like a hot blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream in my cup and SOO good I didn't appreciate Starbucks until recently -- that was another preference borne of convenience. When I was hunting for apartments in North Jersey, there was a Starbucks right off the parkway and I'd always stop at it to pee out the Wawa I'd drank on the way up. I didn't feel right going there and not buying something, so I would buy a tall coffee. Good stuff.

And that's just my convenience store preferences. The coffee I grind myself is the most delicious in my opinion
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:54 PM
Status: "Counting down my sleeps again!" (set 27 days ago)
Location: NJ, but my heart & soul are in Hawaii
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Originally Posted by kjd72 View Post
Like I said in a post here before there was on in Woodbridge NJ not to far from Woodbridge High School.
A new WaWa just opened in Woodbridge on Rt. 9 on Oct. 20. They were giving free coffee all last week. Of course I had to go 4 times and get a 20oz. I love their coffee so much more than Quick Chek or 7-11.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:20 PM
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I am right between a wawa and a quickcheck... and wawa wins hands down .

It's cleaner
The coffee is FAR superior. Quickchecks coffee (at least the one by me) tastes horrible.
The prepared food is fresher.

Love love love wawa coffee
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Old 10-23-2012, 09:02 PM
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Location: Gaston County
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I like Quik Check, but Wawa is my store of preference. Wawa's heroes are great (and cheap). Coffee is good as well...
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:12 AM
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Wawa, mostly because Wawa is a lot more consistent than Quick Check. I've never been to a Wawa that skieved me out. A Quick Check can be better than a Wawa, but on a whole Wawa's are better. Plus, I like Wawa's food better, and live off of their coffee 0_o, and that is why I go there almost every day.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:44 AM
Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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This is one of the silliest debates on C&D.
I have been to both Wawa and Quick Check and found both to be nothing more than franchise convenience stores.
Both have good and bad, clean and dirty stores.
How people can argue about which is better is like two juveniles arguing about their favorite sports teams.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:11 AM
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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About the same imo..........
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:28 AM
Location: Center of the universe
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There are a few Wawas close by and a few Quick Cheks as well. In my town of West Windsor, we'll be getting our first 7-11 any day now. Only the 7-11 will have gas. But Wawa has the better setup overall.
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