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Re: Wawa
« Reply #75 on: November 23, 2014, 05:25:03 PM »

I'm genuinely curious as to how you all can possibly discern enough of a difference between various convenience store chains to be able to formulate concrete rankings of them. You can get the same crap at all of them, from where I'm standing the only major dividing line is "does it serve made to order food or not?" (and even amongst those that do, you can't tell me that there's anywhere near enough of a gulf in quality between them to have a definitive opinion one way or the other).

Cleaner, and better overall service at Wawa, Sheetz and Royal Farm, as compared with the dominant chain in the Md./Va./D.C. area, 7-11.
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Re: Wawa
« Reply #76 on: November 23, 2014, 06:00:19 PM »

Since cars that require premium gas want 91, or at most, 92 octane, the savings is a good trade-off for the insignificant difference in performance.

I don't think it was cheaper because of the lower octane. Sunoco used to offer 87, 89, 91, and 93. The 91 was usually 2˘ a gallon cheaper. I think the difference in price was due to the Wawa being in the next county over where gas is usually cheaper. But I still won't drive down there solely to buy gas because, of course, I have to burn gas in both directions. If the price difference is 30˘ a gallon and I put in 15 gallons, I save $4.50, but it's about 30 miles roundtrip, so in normal traffic I'll use a bit over a gallon roundtrip, reducing the savings to a little over a dollar. Simply not worth it unless I have another reason to be down there.

The only car in which I've noticed a notable difference in performance from the different octane ratings for super unleaded is my brother's 1974 Beetle. Sunoco used to offer a 94 octane (since phased out due to MTBE regulations) and the Beetle loved that gas for some reason, ran far better on that stuff than anything else. I've used all grades from 91 to 94 in my Acura and have never noticed a difference in performance (I usually buy 93 because that's what's available).

BTW, returning to Wawa, the pay-at-the-pump thing didn't print a receipt so I went inside. WAY more cashiers than most other gas station convenience stores I've visited. I quite liked that. (The pay-at-the-pump also took Apple Pay. It didn't say so, but I tried it and it worked just fine.)
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Re: Wawa
« Reply #77 on: November 23, 2014, 06:43:18 PM »

I lean mildly to Wawas when I can find them.  One tipping factor is they have recycle bins, so I can hope all the aluminum cans I go through get recycled, rather than get mixed in with the regular trash.  Same goes for most Tim Hortons.

I also like Sheetz, which like Wawa usually has made-to-order food (I prefer the Sheetz menu, but like Wawa's chicken and corn chowder on the days it's available).  Royal Farms, often seen in Maryland, also works for me when I'm not hungry.  As for 7-11s, I like their hot dogs, but otherwise the food isn't great, and restroom availability is uneven even at the stores that have gas pumps.

When I went to school in Connecticut in the late 70s/early 80s, a Wawa C-store (no gas pumps) was the closest one to my part of campus.  I don't recall seeing it on later visits.

The name does remind me of "Black Lassie", a song on Cheech and Chong's "Wedding album" from the 1970s.  That includes a passage where the lead singer lashed out at the guitarist overdoing it on the wah-wah -- "don't you EVER play with your wah-wah, when we're talking about a great American dog, Black Lassie...half dog, half rat" -- as if he were masturbating.
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Re: Wawa
« Reply #78 on: December 14, 2018, 01:11:26 PM »

Thread Bump:

En lieu of starting a new thread.  Today, the largest Wawa, in terms of floor space, just opened as of 8 AM this morning (Dec. 14, 2018) across the street from Independence Hall in Philadelphia (corner of Chestnut & 6th Streets).

World's Largest Wawa Opens in Old City

Opening Day = Standing Room Only to buy or order something.
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Re: Wawa
« Reply #79 on: December 14, 2018, 01:41:49 PM »

Thread Bump:

En lieu of starting a new thread.  Today, the largest Wawa, in terms of floor space, just opened as of 8 AM this morning (Dec. 14, 2018) across the street from Independence Hall in Philadelphia (corner of Chestnut & 6th Streets).

World's Largest Wawa Opens in Old City

Opening Day = Standing Room Only to buy or order something.

The story from the Philly Inquirer:

http://www2.philly.com/news/wawa-independence-hall-opening-flagship-store-philadelphia-center-city-20181214.html

And this sums up how much Wawa is loved around here...

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A group of friends from Drexel University were first in line at the store in the old Public Ledger Building at Sixth and Chestnut Streets, arriving at 5:52 a.m....By 10 minutes before opening, hundreds of people had flooded the line. Curious tourists visiting nearby Independence Hall looked on in amazement when informed that the line was, indeed, for the opening of a convenience store.


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Re: Wawa
« Reply #80 on: December 14, 2018, 04:05:57 PM »

And it still won't be as good as Sheetz.
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Re: Wawa
« Reply #81 on: December 14, 2018, 04:19:34 PM »

And it still won't be as good as Sheetz.

I think Wawa's food is actually better even though Sheetz is the better overall.
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Re: Wawa
« Reply #82 on: December 14, 2018, 04:35:02 PM »

And it still won't be as good as Sheetz.

And they're still both just convenience stores with filling stations.  I fail to see why either creates all that much excitement.
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Re: Wawa
« Reply #83 on: December 16, 2018, 07:08:35 PM »

And it still won't be as good as Sheetz.

And they're still both just convenience stores with filling stations.  I fail to see why either creates all that much excitement.

I'm inclined to concur. It's mostly hype IMO. Like 90 percent of all gasoline is the same.
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