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Old Yesterday, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Montco PA
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I like Wawa, just like everyone else. However, Iíve been told by multiple auto mechanics that their gas is substandard. Their soft pretzels are, for the most part, awful. Their sandwiches are so-so; I find their chicken salad and egg salad to be very good, but their Italian hoagies not as good as they should be. And, the bread is not top tier. That being said, they are good when youíre in a hurry.

I guess the point of this post is to see if others agree, and to figure out why the company is worshipped by so many in this region. Shouldnít they up their game, or donít they have to, given the aforementioned praise and worship they already receive?
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Old Yesterday, 10:43 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I like Wawa, just like everyone else. However, Iíve been told by multiple auto mechanics that their gas is substandard. Their soft pretzels are, for the most part, awful. Their sandwiches are so-so; I find their chicken salad and egg salad to be very good, but their Italian hoagies not as good as they should be. And, the bread is not top tier. That being said, they are good when youíre in a hurry.

I guess the point of this post is to see if others agree, and to figure out why the company is worshipped by so many in this region. Shouldnít they up their game, or donít they have to, given the aforementioned praise and worship they already receive?
Well, look at the alternatives, not just who they go head to head with, but if you drive down the east coast, who you could also stop at. WaWa looks pretty darned good in comparison.
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Old Today, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Phila Pa
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As far as the sandwiches they are not that bad, especially after being out till 2AM and your hungry as hell. Wawa has recently moved into Florida and from what I am told, becoming very popular.
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Old Today, 04:50 AM
 
Location: USA
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A few (maybe more) years ago, Wawa switched to making their own bread, and gave up Amoroso rolls. I dislike their Hoagies now because their bread is TOO SWEET. Guess they figured out like with other fast food, sugar is addictive. Wawa's products are generally OK, but they have a LOT of them in one place so offer a lot of convenience. I never heard bad stuff about their gas, but do know people with performance vehicles that will only buy gas at Sunoco, and Shell, so maybe there is something to it.
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Old Today, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I haven't been to a Wawa in years so I couldn't tell you why people worship them.
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Old Today, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Pocopson
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I agree with Wawa being overhyped. Their stations are clean, their gas is a few cents cheaper than the competition, and their sandwiches work in a pinch. If you describe Wawa as anything more than that, it's because of Philly homerism.

Yes, it's better than your typical Exxon or Shell station. I cringe when I hear New Yorkers talk about 7-11 being part of their daily routine. At the same time, Sheetz and Royal Farms have surpassed Wawa.
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Old Today, 07:26 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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For me, the operative word with regard to Wawa is "convenience". I live in close proximity to two Wawa's, so that's where I usually buy my gas. I don't care for their hoagies, but I'm fine with their "build your own" sandwiches. In a hurry, and need to pick up a box of donuts, a beverage (love their coffee), or a healthy snack? Wawa is my go-to spot.
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Old Today, 07:46 AM
 
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I agree with Wawa being overhyped. Their stations are clean, their gas is a few cents cheaper than the competition, and their sandwiches work in a pinch. If you describe Wawa as anything more than that, it's because of Philly homerism.

Yes, it's better than your typical Exxon or Shell station. I cringe when I hear New Yorkers talk about 7-11 being part of their daily routine. At the same time, Sheetz and Royal Farms have surpassed Wawa.
Royal Farms just opened a few locations around here and I couldn't be more disappointed. Very unimpressed and rank them a few rungs below WaWa. Hopefully this is just a reflection on the individual stores I've visited and not the franchise. I've actually never been to a Sheetz, so can't speak to that operation.

Honestly, I think the OP is incorrectly analyzing the purpose of WaWa. In no way is it meant to actually be a competitive restaurant, but rather a one-stop option with above average products. There are few other retail establishments were one can get fuel, buy a range of hearty and/or healthy made to order food products and pick up a variety of extras all under 10 minutes. As someone with a busy schedule, I simply don't have time or desire to drive to a local deli, find parking, go through a slower and less automated ordering process, get my food, drive to another location for gas, and possibly a third for any extras I might need.
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Old Today, 08:16 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I have also heard that Wawa treats their corporate employees well from people I know who work on the campus. They still hold family-type values even though they are a massive company.

And definitely convenience, especially in the suburbs, so you don't have to deal with a huge grocery store if you need something quick. They are great in the city too, but they unfortunately attract a lot of panhandlers and low-life people outside at night.

I also have found it interesting that people always seem to question Wawa and why Philadelphia people are "obsessed" with it. If Wawa were a New York thing, I guarantee no one would question it. Kind of a cheap shot.

Also, I would take Wawa any day of over Burger King, Wendys or any other yucky fast food places. Its great to have a decent option that most other major cities do not.

PS - My DC friends love that Wawa arrive in Dupont. Huge new market for Wawa.
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Old Today, 08:25 AM
 
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I agree with everything the OP wrote. It's a great convenience store and a great option for a cheap but decent lunch. But people proclaiming that their food is as good as you would get from even a mediocre, regular deli is deluded though.
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