The new Bellmawr Super Wawa opened today! The Wawa is located on Creek Road at the entrance to Rt 42 North, and should become a regular stop for many commuters on 42 north heading to the City or 295.
The building is bright and modern… and at its core is very similar to the Super Wawas we are all familiar with.
A few immediate changes I noticed that seemed geared towards improving human flow:
Entrance: There is just one front entrance area as opposed to the two front entrances that other Super Wawas have, and the interior foyer doors are setup so that customers coming in move straight ahead, while customers leaving are coming from side (interior) door that leads from the registers.
Registers: The registers are set up like a more traditional retail store or supermarket. There is no big ring of registers like in Mt Ephraim. In total there are 4 separate lanes. As mentioned in the point above, just like a supermarket, after paying you are led to an exit door that is mostly dedicated for leaving to the front.
Tobacco Checkout: Something I haven’t seen in any other Wawa is Bellmawr’s store has designated one checkout for tobacco purchases. Yes you can purchase other items there, but if you want “smokes” you have to go to this line. Seems like a good idea, in that checking IDs can slow down the line for everyone. I imagine at slow times when only one register is in use, it will have to be this one. A representative said that this is not the first Wawa configured like this, and they expect to make the change to most Wawas.
As expected from a Super Wawa, there is a rear entrance with significant parking out back, and public access restrooms
With all of the targeted improvements in human traffic flow, I already experienced what I hope isn’t a car traffic problem. The driveways are positioned on Creek Rd, or very close to it, so traffic exiting and entering at the key Edgewood side entrance have to deal with cars backed up at the red-light. Maybe a rear driveway would’ve helped. We’ll see how this works out once the initial rush of “first lookers” slows down.
I realize now that I write this that I missed getting a clear photo of the front of the food preparation area but do have a side shot! In my quick look this morning these are the key items I identified… go check out the new Super Wawa and see for yourself!
A 42Freeway area Halloween story... on a global scale! Travel Channel's Ghost Nation starts it's new season this week featuring the Zone 13 Tattoo shop in Deptford NJ, which sits in the heart of our retail mecca behind the BJ's Warehouse! And yes... the Zone 13 Tattoo Shop is HAUNTED!
A brand new Hilton Garden Inn Hotel is close to completion on the Camden waterfront, and job opportunities appeared online this week! We don't have an exact date for their expected opening, but the online reservation system seems to allow us to book start January 1st... but that is far from official. We noticed that recently job postings for all facets of the hotel have gone online, and we linked at the bottom of the article.
Last year we were all surprised by the news that Canadian Coffee and Donut shop Tim Hortons was planning on coming to the White Horse Pike in Stratford NJ. This week the town of Stratford is boldly saying that construction will start within the week, and it will take 4 months to build. Article includes my rambling thoughts on Tim Hortons and coffee in our area.