When Wawa moved into Fords this month, it brought more with it than a tasty sub and a good cup of coffee. It brought competition when it opened up the gas pumps.
That has caused an impromptu price war between Wawa, located at the intersection of King George Road and Route 9 South, and nearby Hess.
Two Hess stations, both within the shadow of the mammouth Hess Building and on the north and southbound sides of Route 9, are battling Wawa for who has the best price.
Within days, gasoline prices in the vicinity of Route 9 were at levels not seen for ages.
As of noon Sunday, Wawa's price for regular gas was $3.37 a gallon. Down the road, both Hess stations undercut the convenience retailer at $3.35 a gallon. Sunday travelers were lined up at both Hess stations, and at one point, backed up out onto Route 9, to take avantage of the price drop.
They should've waited until Monday. By evening, Wawa had dropped their price again, but once again, Hess did even better: gas was selling for $3.33 a gallon.
A Hess attendant laughed that business had been so good, they had run out of tape for receipts. That wasn't stopping customers who were filling up at the discounted gas war price.
"It's great. I haven't seen prices like this in a long, long time," said Sheila Jones, who was shopping at nearby Woodbridge Center and decided it was time to fill up the tank.
"Bring 'er on!" shouted one happy consumer as he applauded the Wawa and Hess price war.
Don't forget to check out Woodbridge Patch's gasoline price widget to keep up with the latest gas prices locally.