Farewell to another Wawa

Center city Wawas seem to be a dying breed. The most recent of several locations to go is the all-important 20th and Locust Wawa. Not only is it essential for the locals, it’s an incredibly popular post-bar spot for snacks and re-hydration. Inebriated masses congregate, consume and leave sated after long nights of drinking. Where will they go now?

Another good question would be, why are all the Wawas closing? According to their PR Department: “The closing of this particular store is not unlike others we have made throughout our 5-state operating area from Chadds Ford, PA to College.” This doesn’t explain a whole lot, and I’m still curious as to why those locations were targeted. The 20th and Locust, in particular, must have brought in quite a bit of revenue.

One of the drawbacks to my current neighborhood is, indeed, the fact that the local Wawa closed last year. The next closest one is over a mile away. It looks like that is to be the case for much of center city as well.

5 Comments so far

  1. Robin K. (unregistered) on February 27th, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

    Oh, yes. I know my friends in the neighborhood down here (Queen Village) were pretty unhappy, as was I, when the Wawa at 2nd and Christian closed. The 24-7 that replaced it is only opened until 1a.m. and the bums don’t even hang out there anymore. It sucks! They didn’t even know how to make sandwiches on their own menu, and I got a come-on from the deli guy. He told me I could "teach him" how to make the sandwich. I left. The only thing they’re good for is emergency soda (before 1a.m.) and the still-free atm.


  2. jen (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    i used to live down in QV as well, just about four blocks from that wawa. it was great, and i really liked no. 1 china as well. they shouldn’t be allowed to call the store 24-7 if it closes at 1. once again, where are all of the drunk people to go for snacks and such when the bars close?


  3. Marisa (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

    Until all this hubbub about the 20th and Locust closing popped up, I hadn’t realized that the 2nd and Christian store had closed. I lived at 2nd and Catharine for six months in 2000 and went there all the time. It makes me sad, as Wawa is an indelible part of my Philadelphia experience. I hope they don’t all disappear.


  4. Angie (unregistered) on February 28th, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

    when I heard of this yesterday in the Metro I was shocked. The 20th and Locust is a popular location!

    I loved it the five years lived in that block and loved the fact that, if i was sick, i could always go there for whatever i needed instead of having to walk over 15 mins to the nearest grocery store*

    Out of curiosity, would it be the rent what drove them out? I remember hearing that the one on 16 and Walnut closed because the rent went up. Not sure if that was true or not.

    *the Rittenhouse supermarket on 18th and Spruce doesn’t count; Not when they tried to sell me an eggplant for $7, their bags/boxes of cookies were always dusty and seemed to have been there for ages, any time I bought milk it would go bad in 2 days and baguettes were always rock hard…at least 3 days old by my calculation. Let’s not even get into their prices! Ridiculous!


  5. madduck on March 3rd, 2008 @ 5:42 pm

    Alas, Wawa is leaving the city for mega-stores, gas pumps, and in-store barista’s out in the Philly burbs and beyond. I was in a Wawa in Virginia the other day (of the mega-store variety of course).



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