One of the biggest conundrums in modern-day American history is which Northeast gas station/convenience store is king, Wawa or Sheetz. Ever since I stepped foot from South Jersey into central Pennsylvania, I realized that this is actually an important cultural debate. There are battle lines, friendships to end and sandwiches to buy. Nonetheless, one has to be superior right? Well, thankfully you are friends with me and aware of that and I can tell you the best place to buy slightly overpriced gas, chewing tobacco, and e.coli ridden mayonnaise. THANK ME LATER.
They places will be graded upon numerous categories. Since I could care less, as long as I get food, I find myself to be an impartial judge. I also have only been to about 5 WaWas and 4 Sheetz, so this is clearly not scientific.
- That’s a fun word for what the place looks like. Since not all Wawas have gas stations (some are just simple convenience stores), I’ll just grade both of them off the “super” ones. Sheetz looks like you are a worm inside an apple. Everything is red and there are Zs everywhere in what seems like awful puns that some management bigwig did to try and get the youths interested in Sheetz.
- Wawa has it down to a pat. Maybe its my regional bias but the whole place is organized much better. You have the row of touch-screens to order sandwiches, then your newspapers and such and you never feel cramped. The whole circle of cashiers thing is an added touch unlike the standard two cashiers behind a cramped corner that is Sheetz.
- Advantage: Wawa
- Sheetz has more variety, definitely. I’m a fan of their wraps and their chicken options are awesome. I’ve had burgers from there, weren’t the worst but they were about what you would expect from a gas station. In terms of their sandwiches? They left a lot to be desired. Unlike Wawa, their donut rack is ALWAYS being updated. That’s big.
- Wawa on the other hand has a more limited option but they clearly have the best hoagie (“DUH HUH YOU SAY HOAGIE NOT SUB OR HERO DUH HUH”) and their hot dogs aren’t too bad for being rolling on the rack since Kennedy was around. I’ve only seen one donut in the display case at Wawa (which I devour on the spot) and that’s a problem. However, Wawa’s generic sodas are far superior to Sheetz, especially the blue raspberry one. That beats the hell out of Faygo which half of the time tastes like metamucil. Also, every order a chocolate chip cookie from Wawa? Amazing. Astonishing. Tearjerking.
- I don’t drink coffee so I’m not one of those “I’m an OMGZOMBIE without MY COFFEE” type. I also dislike the word “quirky”.
- Advantage: SPLIT DECISION. Sheetz offers you more variety and doesn’t fail at anything. Wawa offers you half of that but knocks them out of the park.
- Sheetz gives you a members card that encourages you to buy donuts en masse, as well as sandwiches, and then offers you the last one free. They email you discounts in which you can buy something for free (Arnold Palmer Iced Teas, candy bars, etc.) and you can keep track of your purchases online. If you are hungry and don’t want to go home to watch sitcom reruns at 3pm, you can sit and eat outside. If your Sheetz is under construction for a variety of reasons, you get a free beverage (note: I don’t know if this is true everywhere but mine did).
- You can buy t-shirts from Wawa that have the stoner Hoagiefest dude on it. Hoagiefest also exists but its limited. No special card, usually you have to loiter to eat outside. Lacking.
- Advantage: Sheetz
- Average Sheetz consumer: NRA, Republican, NASCAR fan, rural, white, god so white, Carhartt jeans, camouflage hats, Cabela’s lifetime membership card, Penn State fan, trucker.
- Average Wawa consumer: Urban, coffee diehard, only time in the outdoors is doing a Tough Mudder, nuclear family, may employ robbers, says “hoagie”, Philadelphia sports fan, social activists who think they are social activists, pale.
- Advantage: Uhhhhh
- I can’t speak for all of Pennsylvania but all of the Sheetz I’ve seen are about 10 minutes from everything. Oh wait, that is everything in Pennsylvania. Always off the highway, only with gas pumps.
- Every township in South Jersey has at least one. I have four in about a four-mile radius including one 200m from my house. Only one of those sells gas.
- Advantage: Wawa
- Sheetz: Central/Southern/Western PA, Eastern Ohio, scattered around West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina: Over 400.
- Wawa: Central/South Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, Scattered in Maryland, Virginia and Florida (word?): Over 550.
- Advantage: Wawa
Of course, I’m expecting the onslaught of the pro-Sheetz union to tear down this chart and I expect it. But, they are pretty much the same exact thing; overglorified gas station + Walgreens without pharmacies. I am exclusive to Sheetz when I’m at college and for the remainder of my time, I’m Wawa. Somehow this debate is more toxic than pro-life vs. pro-choice. Enough is enough.