Wawa opens in Lower More­land Town­ship

The Globe - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR - By Caitlin Burns

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“This is my Wawa,” Ward 2 Com­mis­sioner Jill Blumhardt said. “I’m very happy to see some progress here. We passed the re­vi­tal­iza­WLRn RrGLnDnFH, DnG WKLV LV Rur firVW SrRMHFW, Rur firVW nHZ SrRMHFW, Ln WKH re­vi­tal­iza­tion dis­trict.”

Ac­cord­ing to Wawa re­gional real es­tate man­ager Peter Gil­li­gan, the com­pany has cre­ated more than 40 full-time and part-time po­si­tions at the new lo­ca­tion. He said, in to­tal, Wawa has 630 stores in six states with about 21,000 em­ploy­ees. He also said em­ploy­ees own nearly 40 per­cent of the com­pany through an em­ployee stock own­er­ship plan.

“At the heart of our val­ues is be­ing a good cor­po­rate cit­i­zen in giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties we’re part of,” Gil­li­gan said. “To­day we cel­e­brate this new store open­ing.”

In ad­di­tion to res­i­dents, state Rep. Tom Murt, R-152, Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sioner Les­lie Richards and the town­ship com­mis­sion­ers were all in at­ten­dance.

“So many rea­sons why I love Wawa,” Richards said. “I’m a work­ing par­ent as many of us are here. I can­not tell you how many times Wawa has made me a hero with my chil­dren.”

As part of the grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion Wawa hosted Hoa­gies for Heroes, a hoagie build­ing con­test for the Lower More­land Po­lice Depart­ment and Hunt­ing­don Val­ley Fire Com­pany, with each se­lect­ing a char­ity for a $1,000 do­na­tion. :KLOH WKH firH GHSDrWPHnW ZRn, build­ing 41 hoa­gies in three min­utes com­pared to 36 by the po­lice, both char­i­ties re­ceived a $1,000 do­na­tion from Wawa. The po­lice depart­ment se­lected Mis­sion Kids — Dn RrJDnLzDWLRn fiJKWLnJ FKLOG DEuVH — DnG WKH firH FRPSDny FKRVH 7KH Burn Foun­da­tion, which helps burn vic­tims, to re­ceive the do­na­tions.

Be­sides bring­ing busi­ness and em­ploy­ment to the re­vi­tal­iza­tion cor­ri­dor, Wawa has put in street im­prove­ments and helped with mit­i­gat­ing stormwa­ter is­sues in the Philmont Av­enue area.

Lower More­land Town­ship cre- ated the re­vi­tal­iza­tion or­di­nance in 2010, which added the REV-Re­vi­tal­iza­tion won­ing Dis­trict, in or­der to ad­dress the need for re­de­vel­op­ment along parts of Philmont Av- enue and some streets cross­ing it.

“Thank you for hav­ing us here,” gen­eral man­ager Ni­cole Craft said. “We look for­ward to serv­ing you ev­ery day with big smiles.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia staff photo / CAITLIN BURNS

At­ten­dees, em­ploy­ees and com­mu­nity lead­ers take a group pic­ture out­side the new Lower More­land Wawa.

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