Wawa tar­gets win­ter open­ing in Elk­ton


While I was out and about . . . I no­ticed that the Wawa con­ve­nience store on Route 40 in Elk­ton is re­ally be­gin­ning to take shape. The canopy over fu­ture gas pumps and the store has been com­pleted as crews con­tinue to work around the prop­erty.

The fu­ture lo­ca­tion at 302 W. Pu­laski High­way will be Wawa’s third in Ce­cil County af­ter one on Route 279 near the Delaware border and one on Route 40 in the North East area.

Elk­ton’s plan­ning and per­mit­ting staff tell me that the project is mov­ing ahead on sched­ule af­ter its start was de­layed as State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quests were ironed out.

Per­haps most ex­cit­ing, how­ever, is that Colleen Labik, pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager with Wawa, tells me that they are tar­get­ing a fourth quar­ter open­ing for the lo­ca­tion.

*** Speak­ing of fresh subs, those on the western end have a new Sub­way fran­chise to pa­tron­ize in the Perryville Sta­tion shop­ping cen­ter next to Food Lion.

That lo­ca­tion be­came Sub­way’s fifth in Ce­cil County, fol­low­ing stand­alone stores in the Big Elk Mall in Elk­ton and North­east Plaza in North East, and smaller fran­chises in the Elk­ton Travel Cen­ter near Elk­ton and Pi­lot Travel Cen­ter in Perryville.

The new lo­ca­tion is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun­day, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri­day and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Satur­day.

*** I re­cently re­ceived word of the im­pres­sive driv­ing from two of our lo­cal FedEx de­liv­ery driv­ers: Joe McCon­key and Billy Tuell, both of whom work out of the Wilm­ing­ton, Del., dis­tri­bu­tion plant.

The two Ce­cil County men will be among 174 na­tion­wide driv­ers that FedEx sends to com­pete in the Na­tional Truck Driv­ing Cham­pi­onships in In­di­anapo­lis Aug. 9-13.

Spon­sored by the Amer­i­can Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tions, the cham­pi­onships are de­signed to rec­og­nize in­dus­try lead­er­ship in safety and to pro­mote pro­fes­sion­al­ism among truck driv­ers. Each FedEx driver earned the right to com­pete in the NTDC by win­ning at state-level truck driv­ing cham­pi­onships.

At the NTDC, the FedEx driv­ers will be among nearly 450 com­peti­tors who will vie for na­tional ti­tles in nine dif­fer­ent classes of ve­hi­cles and for the Na­tional Grand Cham­pion ti­tle. The driv­ers ac­cu­mu­late points by demon­strat­ing their driv­ing skills and knowl­edge of the in­dus­try through a writ­ten exam, pre-trip in­spec­tion and driv­ing-skills chal­lenge.

McCon­key, a four-year FedEx freight team mem­ber from Colora who has drive more than 300,000 ac­ci­dent­free miles in his ca­reer, won the five-axle ti­tle at his first Delaware cham­pi­onship. He cred­its Tuell, a fel­low Dela- ware cham­pion, for teach­ing him to do the job right and ef­fi­ciently, and team­mate Randy Alle­man for his guid­ance. Away from work, Joe en­joys serv­ing at his church as well as sup­port­ing the Bal­ti­more Ravens and Penn State foot­ball teams. He and his wife, Meg, have two chil­dren, Parker and Pey­ton.

Tuell, of Elk­ton, won the twins ti­tle at the Delaware TDC to qual­ify for his third na­tional cham­pi­onship. He also won ti­tles in the same class in 2012 and 2013. Tuell has logged more than 1.3 mil­lion ac­ci­dent-free miles dur­ing an 18-year pro­fes­sional driv­ing ca­reer. He has been a FedEx Freight team mem­ber for 12 years and has been rec­og­nized with mul­ti­ple Safe Driver Awards. He points to his fa­ther for teach­ing him to be a hard worker and ded­i­cated to what­ever task he does. In his free time, Tuell en­joys hunt­ing, fish­ing, camp­ing and boat­ing. He and his wife, Tammy, have four chil­dren, Roy, Dal­ton, Lu­cas and Ay­ron, and three grand­chil­dren, Aleaha, Bai­ley and Roy.

Ku­dos to both McCon­key and Tuell for your ac­com­plish­ments and good luck next week!

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mat­tix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.


Wawa of­fi­cials said they are tar­get­ing a fourth quar­ter open­ing for the new Route 40 lo­ca­tion in Elk­ton.

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