June 06, 2017

Pennsylvania politicians pitch Wawa vs. Sheetz battle on Twitter

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Bubba, 2, leans out of his owner's pickup truck parked in front of the first Wawa convenience store, opened in April 1964, in Folsom, Pa., Thursday April 22, 2004.

The creeping narrative that Sheetz is somehow a superior convenience store to Wawa has been gaining ground in recent months, fueled by a report from a site called GasBuddy and an aggressive hiring push by Sheetz.

In Philadelphia and South Jersey, bastions of the Wawa brand, Sheetz isn't in the same league as Wawa. Is it a bad place? Not at all. It just isn't Wawa, where you can now order your food with a mobile app and geek out over these everlasting jingles.

Outside the Delaware Valley, where the western half of Pennsylvania becomes Sheetz territory, the debate is becoming fierce. We now have elected officials trading tweets about it.

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democrat who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, rejoiced on Twitter on Wednesday that Washington, D.C., will receive its very first Wawa—a large store at 1111 19th St., to boot.

Boyle may have been several weeks late to the celebration, but his allegiance is clear.

All is well, right? Nope. In comes gigantic Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, the grassroots progressive who nearly gave Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak a scare in last year's Democratic primary for the senate nomination. 



Boyle, having heard about enough of this, fired back. 

Fetterman, as possibly only he could do, simply declared his own victory.

And then for good measure, Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico chimed in on the debate. What a mystery. Sheetz is headquartered in Altoona. 

Politicians of the Wawa realm, please ask yourselves if you have anything better to do than defend Wawa on Twitter right now. If you're too busy for that, it's fine. No one here gives two Sheetz what these guys think. Wawa is better.