FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Police Department defeated Somerset Fire and Rescue Company 28-26 in the "Hoagies for Heroes" contest, but the Franklin Food Bank came out as the true winners. 

To honor their bravery and commitment to the communities in which they operate, Wawa's grand opening events usually concludes with its signature contest in which the local police department squares off against the local fire department to benefit their charity of choice. 

Both teams had three minutes to build as many "edible" hoagies as they could, the Wawa way. The winner would take home a trophy, but both teams won $1,000 from Wawa to donate to their chosen charity.  

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Earlier this week both teams told TAPinto Franklin Township, the Franklin Food Bank will be the benefiting charity of choice

Franklin Township Police Department Vs. Somerset Fire and Rescue Company:

After the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, vinegar, and oil cleared the FTPD came out on top by two sandwiches, but the SFRC came away with a consolation prize, a critique by a Wawa professional. 

"I would probably eat the ones the fire department made," Wawa Area Manager, Bill Ott said jokingly speaking of the sandwiches built by both teams. 

Ott discusses the benefits of Wawa coming to town. 

Prior to the competition, the new employees kicked things off with a parade of Wawa’s milestones.

If you couldn't make it out to the grand opening, don't worry.

Wawa will be running store specials from now until Christmas Eve which include, free coffee, Shortis for $2.99, $.89 fountain drinks, and 12-ounce milkshakes for a $1.99.

Wawa is open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. 

The new store features 5,051 square feet of retail space, additional gasoline facility, as well as new in-store graphics, colors, restroom design, and merchandising features and large expanded windows providing a clear view inside of the new design.

Cory Williams will serve as general manager of the store, leading a team of more than 50 associates, according to Ott, all of which are new positions brought to the area through the development of the store. Associates in these full- and part-time positions will not only receive competitive salaries and health benefits but once eligible, will participate in Wawa’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP).  Wawa Associates own more than 41 percent of Wawa through the ESOP.  

The new Wawa store will offer customers numerous Wawa brands, such as the award-winning Wawa coffee (195 million cups sold annually); the Sizzliä, Wawa’s hot breakfast sandwich; Wawa’s new line of specialty beverages (hot, cold, iced and frozen); Wawa Bakery; Wawa’s built-to-order hoagies (80 million sold annually); and Wawa’s beverage line of dairy products, juices and teas.

About Wawa’s Commitment to Fulfilling Lives

At Wawa we believe we all have a role in making the world a better place by not only by filling customer orders – but by fulfilling the lives that we touch every day. Because happy, fulfilled and connected people, make happier and stronger communities. Beginning with our first store, Wawa has worked its way into the hearts, minds and fabric of people’s lives. Wawa does it around the clock. In 3 and ½ minute doses, every day 24/7, 365 days a year. Wawa is so committed to this concept, it has made fulfilling customers’ lives its ultimate purpose and goal – every day. 

About Wawa, Inc. 

Wawa, Inc., a privately held company, began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Toward the end of the 19th Century, owner George Wood took an interest in dairy farming and the family began a small processing plant in Wawa, PA in 1902. The milk business was a huge success, due to its quality, cleanliness and “certified” process. As home delivery of milk declined in the early 1960’s, Grahame Wood, George’s grandson, opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for its dairy products. Today, Wawa is your all day, every day stop for freshly prepared foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs. A chain of more than 750 convenience retail stores (over 500 offering gasoline), Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. The stores offer a large fresh food service selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages, and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks. In 2016 Wawa was recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers, a survey-based ranking of employers offering the best associate experiences and strongest opportunities. In 2017 Wawa was the recipient of a Silver Plate Award in the category of Retail & Specialty Foodservice by the International Foodservice Manufacturers’ Association during their 63rd Annual Award Event. Wawa was also designated as a 2017 Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

TAPinto Franklin Township is independently owned and operated by  Malik A. Lyons FHS Class of 93’ Graduate. 

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