Wawa Eyes New Hatboro Site

The convenience store giant is looking to set up shop at Horsham and York roads, officials said.

"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."


April Fox Regan January 25, 2012 at 08:19 PM
And, hey guys, we all get caught up in the passion of the moment in this forum and sometimes say things we wouldn't say face-to-face to someone. I'm sure we all love our town, and beneath our different perspectives have common goals. :)
Theresa Katalinas January 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
April, Regardless if the hearsay you're referring to is accurate, the bottom line is that the sale of the Old Mill, Spa Escape, etc. is a real estate transaction. Hatboro council, Main Street Millbrook Society and any other organization you can think of has NOTHING to do with real estate sales. Would you want the council poking its nose into the sale of your home, for instance? While I'm sure it's possible that Wawa had an agreement of sorts in December, if not sooner with TD Bank, it's very common for developers to have an agreement with sellers on the condition that development plans advance. That protects them so they're not stuck with land when land developments are turned down, etc.
R. Johnson January 31, 2012 at 02:19 PM
From what I'm seeing & hearing April, the lack of transparency was the political system in place last year with the old council that was well known for that & having their own agenda. Where were you then? If this is true & it seems like you have good information & it's been going on for over a year, that just shows that to be indeed true. This unknown town official was probably doing their bidding & would be reporting back to them. Lets find out who this "town official" is & maybe we can get to the bottom of all this. At least the new council seems to want to get the public involved which is the fair way of doing things.
falcon June 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I dont think we should allow anymore ecological contamination into the creek that flows through that area. Its the only wildlife area however small Hatboro has left to offer the community...would be a shame to have it destroyed by uncaring and disrespectful people.
Karen Marie Romero November 22, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Oh could it be that you think you are smarter than the rest of us. Only thing is...smart people accept responsibility and accountability for their errors. They also apologize to those they have knowingly harmed!


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