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.