"Gotta Hava Wawa"?
The answer is yet to be determined.
The Hatboro Borough Council is expected to hear from Wawa representatives at its Jan. 23 meeting. Officials said Monday that although Wawa has yet to file a formal application, or submit plans, the convenience store chain is looking to open a second borough location at the intersection of Horsham and York roads.
Council President John Zygmont said he's heard - unofficially - that Wawa hopes to purchase the building currently housing , as well as some additional adjacent property. The plan as far as he knows is it, Zygmont said, is to still operate the existing at the other end of the roughly 1.4-square-mile town on North York Road.
The newer facility, if it is built, would have gas pumps, Zygmont said.
"I have heard from some people who are very much opposed," Zygmont said. "And some people who are very much in favor."
Borough solicitor Christen Pionzio had suggested asking Wawa officials to meet with neighbors prior to the borough meeting so residents could "speak freely," rather than herding everyone into borough hall in two weeks.
Borough Manager Steven Plaugher said Wawa reps indicated to him that "they just wanted to get a feel from council" about the concept.
"No plans have been filed," Plaugher reiterated. "I think that was kind of their goal, to talk to you guys."
Zygmont said he'd like to hear from residents before plans are filed.
"When they put the application in, it’s basically the whole ball is rolling and it’s a little too late to get the neighbor feedback," said Zygmont, who had previously suggested sending letters to neighbors of the proposed development. "Wawa will be here on the 23rd, whoever comes comes."