I’ve written about Wawa many times before, even devoting an entire blog post to this nearly mythical convenience store.
Here is the opening to that blogpost:
If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, or any regional convenience store chain you can think of. It’s a Philadelphia based chain, with stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida. If you ever visit the Philly area, then Wawa has to be on your list of places to visit.
There are over 900 locations, and there seems to be no sign of slowing down.
I tell my freshmen students who are not from the area that one of their first tasks is to visit a Wawa, and many of them fall in love with the store.
Admittedly, I’m a little biased, since I grew up with Wawa and have been a frequent visitor to Wawa over the past 50 years (I’ve already been there three times this week). And to add some icing to the cake, the CEO is a graduate of Villanova’s School of Business.
Would you put more faith in an outsider’s opinion – someone who is not even from the U.S.
OK, let’s do that.
Kate Winslet, the British actress who reached global stardom from her role in the classic Titanic film. recently filmed an HBO miniseries (Mare of Easttown) set in Delaware County, PA, which is where I live.
I’ve read a few articles abut how much Kate enjoyed her time in the area, but two stories really stuck with me.
First, Kate seems to really take her job seriously.
Winslet insisted that the “Delco accent“, a version of Philadelphia English common in Delaware County, be used, despite being a particularly difficult accent to learn, because she felt the community itself was an important character in the story, and the authentic accent would help emphasize that. She claimed that learning the accent was so difficult that it caused her to “throw things”.
Second, Kate fell in love with Wawa.
The British actor said that she decided to subscribe to the Delco Times, Delaware County’s daily newspaper, to better understand her character. And one thing she noticed while reading it every day was that there were a whole lot of articles mentioning Wawa, a beloved gas station-convenience store-fast food chain headquartered in ― where else ― the town of Wawa, in Delaware County. Winslet quickly found herself incredibly intrigued. “It almost felt like a mythical place … Wawa,” she told the Los Angeles Times podcast “The Envelope” adding: “By the time I got there, I was like, ‘It’s real!’ Walking into a Wawa ultimately felt like, it was kind of an honor, in a funny way, because to me that was the heart of Delco. So to finally walk through the door of a Wawa; I don’t know why I felt like, ‘Oh, yes, I’m here, I belong. This is where it’s at. Wawa.’”
So there you have it; proof of Wawa’s greatness.
And if you are ever visiting the Philly area, and you decide to stop at a Wawa, get in touch with me. I’ll gladly buy you a coffee and a hoagie…
But be warned, it is additive…
P.S. Mare of Easttown (HBO) is a great show…