Best gas station food? Survey says it’s Wawa

Wawa beats out other gas stations nationwide for having the best food, in a new survey from Payless Power.

The suburban Philadelphia-based convenience store chain, which is expanding farther into central Pennsylvania as well as other states, was the top choice in this category among 1,011 Americans asked about their gas station preferences.

Costco and Sheetz, which also have a presence in the region, did well, too.

Some other highlights from the survey:

· Overall, Costco was No. 1, Sam’s Club No. 3, Wawa No. 4 and Sheetz No. 5 in the ranking of America’s best stops.

· Costco was the cleanest and cheapest gas station. Wawa was fourth cleanest.

· Wawa had the most spent on each visit on average, $84.46, and the shortest average time, 16 minutes.

· Sheetz and Costco ranked third and fourth, respectively, as having the best food.

Of the 57% men and 43% women surveyed, 10% were baby boomers, 22% were Gen X, 43% were millennials and 25% were Gen Z.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

First new Wawa of the year opening in Upper Saucon

The new Wawa at 6680 Route 309 in Upper Saucon Township. PHOTO/COURTESY WAWA –

Wawa Inc. Has announced that it will be opening its first new store in 2022 in Upper Saucon Township. 

The new Wawa, which will have its grand opening on Feb. 3, is at 6680 Route 309. 

The grand opening is the first of the 54 total stores projected to open across Wawa’s operating area in 2022. 

Throughout the year, each grand opening celebration will be part of Wawa’s 2022 Day Brighteners Tour, an initiative designed to celebrate the customers, Associates, local heroes and community organizations that brighten our days. 

“At Wawa, our core purpose is fulfilling lives every day and since our first store opened, we’ve believed that we all have a role in making this world a better place,” said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s president and CEO. “This year, we’re excited to toast all the incredible Day Brighteners and kick off this one-of-a-kind tour with a stop at each new store to show our ‘Goose Gratitude’ to associates and customers whose little acts of kindness make a big difference in our communities.” 

The company expects to hire more than 2,500 company-wide by the end of the year. 

Convenience store competitors Sheetz, Wawa, come together over coronavirus

Workers from Sheetz and Wawa deliver food to the Helping Harvest Food Bank in Reading. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –


Sheetz and Wawa, two of Pennsylvania’s major convenience store chains, and often the subject of arguments between their fans as to which is the best, are working together to help area food banks struggling to manage a growing need caused by the pandemic.

Sheetz and Wawa combined donated 1,000 lunches and $4,000 to Helping Harvest Food Bank in Reading and Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania. Lunches included a turkey sandwich, cookie, fruit cup, string cheese and bottle of water.

“The coronavirus pandemic has created a dramatic increase in food insecurity across the communities we serve,” said Joe Sheetz, CEO of Sheetz. “With a combined mission of feeding people, our hope is to support those impacted by this pandemic, to provide relief to ensure that food is not added to the list of worries as we fight this pandemic.”

While the pairing may seem unusual, the CEO of Wawa Chris Gheysen said “Now was the time to come together to help our neighbors and communities.”