COLLINGDALE — There was a double vision of Wawa on the 900 block of MacDade Boulevard Thursday morning as the convenience chain closed one store and opened a new store right next to it.
Wawa officials welcomed the move in operations from 930 to 910 MacDade Blvd. with a joyous celebration to open a bigger store with 24-hour service and 12 self-fuel gas pump stations.
Collingdale Mayor Joe Ciavarelli said Wawa has always been a good neighbor to the borough and he was “proud to have our Wawa be one of the new ones lighting up the boulevard.”
Abutting borough property that includes the borough hall and the police department, Wawa built a new structure to house the borough’s sanitation apparatus and put down new blacktop for the entire municipal parking lot, along with new traffic markings placed throughout. Wawa also updated directional lanes of traffic on MacDade in front of the store up to Clifton Avenue.
A former funeral home on the land and four residential properties on a side street were razed for the new store.
This is the 40th store opening this year for the Delco-based convenience store giant in six states, according to Director of Store Operations Marc Maiolino, who noted more than 60 more will come online by year’s end.