VIDEO: Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of Fords Store with the Chicken Dance

Wawa officials and store associates, a floor show, a hoagie-building contest and a chicken dance - what more could you want?

Woodbridge residents who remember with longing the days of when Wawa had a presence in the township will have to wait no longer. The first of two Wawa stores due to be opened in Woodbridge had its grand opening on Friday.

The first store, located at Route 9 and King George Road in Fords, held festivities that included a show of Wawa store associates holding signs celebrating markers in the store's history and a hoagie-building contest between Hopelawn firefighters and the Woodbridge Police.

The piece de resistance, though, was the performance of the chicken dance - renamed the goose dance - starring Wawa employees and Wally Goose, the convenience store's mascot. 

Wawa officials and Mayor John McCormac showed up to mark the opening.

"We go back to 1803," said Jim Shortall, Wawa's director of store operations for New Jersey. He cited the landmarks of the Wawa chain as store associates came out holding posters of the events. That included the introduction of the sale of coffee in 1970 and the opening of gas stations to accompany some of the stores.

The Fords store has a gas station in concert with the convenience store. The second store, due to open in Avenel on the site of the Gem Motel and the old Mom's Diner, is also slated to have a gas station as well.

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Irina October 15, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Mac won't answer questions important in nature, but will show up at a WAWA opening to do a chicken dance. SO FITTING. A CHICKEN dancing. WAKE UP VOTERS!
Tom Maras October 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Is it a ratable or another Mac Pilot Program with no tax revenues going to the county (they have to take care of the roads) or to the school district (they are suppose to be taking care of the school children). Filler up!
slyfox1961 October 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM
@maras: realy Tom? Even the WaWa grand opening has to be turned into an anti MAC item? Is there nothing sacred in your obvious and transparant attempts to discredit MAC and his administration? You are pathetic.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS October 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Hey! Thats the same van from the video that showed up at 1 main st, with free hoagies for the staff on friday, another one of the perks. Landolfi should ask WaWa to borrow the Chicken outfit, for the next council Dance meeting. Woodbridge residents all the Christmas Tree stands will be opening up soon, many more ribbons to cut.
Al McDorman October 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I was thinking, "Moves Like Woodbridge" when I saw the chicken dance! Nobody fell this time...good. I DO wonder whether our WaWa will be helping the tax base, or if there was another payment made up front in lieu of taxes. That whole P.I.L.O.T. deal sounds shady, but I understand townships are allowed to do it. I hope they benefit the citizens as much as the taxes the businesses don't have to pay. We're not all politicians. It would seem prudent that someone who understands the process explain it in layman's terms so the rest of us don't feel like we're getting scammed Where does the PILOT money go, who decides, and when will these companies start paying in to our Township tax base along with homeowners and other businesses?
NeverMind October 15, 2012 at 07:05 PM
why do these people constantly talk about there finally being a WaWa in Woodbridge Township??? we HAD a WaWa years ago on St. George Avenue. WAKE UP!!
NikkiD October 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM
We also had a WaWa on Oak Tree Road where Patel Cash and Carry is now. (Iselin Section of Woodbridge)
BobDee October 16, 2012 at 02:24 AM
There was also a WaWa on Inman Ave in Colonia.
BobDee October 16, 2012 at 02:30 AM
In my travels if I need a quick stop or a lotto ticket I'll look for a mom'n pop deli to pull into.


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