@wawa @PhillyLifeMag April 25


I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.

The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.

So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.

In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.

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Wawa-Convenience Store or Sandwich Shop? 

I have friends that are from Philadelphia, New Jersey, and the Delaware Valley that are fanatical about the chain of Convenience Stores called Wawa.

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It appears that there is a good reason. Wawa leaped to number one on the list of America’s favorite fast food sandwich spots according to a new survey in Food and Wine.

Wawa operates convenience stores in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Wawa’s territory once stretched into New York and Connecticut, but in the late 1990s, the decision was made to abandon the franchised stores in New York metropolitan area and New England, as it was too competitive. Today they have about 750 stores.

Though the first Wawa store was opened in 1964, the company actually has more than 200 years of history: It began in 1803 as a New Jersey iron factory and was incorporated in 1865 as the Millville Manufacturing Company. Then, in 1902, Millville’s owner George Wood opened up a milk processing plant in Wawa, Pennsylvania. (The cows for the plant came from the English Channel island of Guernsey.)

Today Wawa, PA is still the corporate headquarters

wawa pa

In the early 1900s, many children were becoming sick from drinking raw milk, so Wood had doctors vouch for his product. The “doctor certified” milk, delivered directly to a customer’s home, made the business a huge success.

As the milk delivery business dwindled in the 1960s, Wood’s grandson, Grahame, noticed that customers were shopping more at supermarkets, and thought Wawa could distribute its products that way. The first Wawa Food Market opened at 1212 MacDade Boulevard in Folsom, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 1964—and it’s still there! Wawa took advantage that Sunday sales were not permitted at grocery stores but were at convenience stores.

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By 1972, there were 100 Wawa stores open for business. By 1992, there were 500 stores. Today, there are more than 750 Wawa stores.

Wawa is Ojibwe for Canada Goose. Want to pronounce “Wawa” correctly? It rhymes with Saw Saw, according to locals.

So how did they get to be number #1 in hoagie/sub business. They sell more than 60 million made-to-order hoagies annually.

wawa hoagie

 

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