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The Wawa Way
How a Funny Name and Six Core Values Revolutionized Convenience
By (author) Howard Stoeckel With Bob Andelman

Summary

Grahame Wood opened the first Wawa Food Market in 1964 as an outlet for Wawa dairy products. Since then, the convenience store has grown into a well-known company that competes against the biggest industry players in the world in three areas: fuel, convenience, and food, all while maintaining their personal approach and small business mentality. Now, almost 50 years later, Wawa has opened its first store in Florida and begun to play on the national field. How did it happen? What are the reasons for their success? Why have they been able to go up against the big guys with nothing more than homegrown talent?

With a mixture of personal history and business advice, Howard Stoeckel shares the last 50 years of Wawa's growth, development, and expansion. It's the story of how a small company with a funny name made a big difference and all it took was a little goose sense.


about Howard Stoeckel and Bob Andelman

  • Howard Stoeckel began his career with Wawa in 1987. He held many positions throughout the company before taking the role of Chief Executive Officer from January 2005 to December 2013. Along with sitting on the Board of Directors of Amerigas Propane, Inc. and Rider University Board of Trustees, he is a frequent guest speaker at business conferences.

    Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of sixteen biographical, business, management, self-help, and sports books. He has been a regular correspondent for Business Week, Newsweek, and the St. Petersburg Times at different times in his career. Since February 2007 he has also produced and hosted the extremely popular Mr. Media® online TV/radio interview show.


  • Howard Stoeckel began his career with Wawa in 1987. He held many positions throughout the company before taking the role of Chief Executive Officer from January 2005 to December 2013. Along with sitting on the Board of Directors of Amerigas Propane, Inc. and Rider University Board of Trustees, he is a frequent guest speaker at business conferences.

    Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of fifteen biographical, business, management, self-help, and sports books. He has been a regular correspondent for Business Week, Newsweek, and the St. Petersburg Times at different times in his career. Since February 2007 he has also produced and hosted the extremely popular Mr. Media® online TV/radio interview show.

reviews

"Corporate histories are seldom engrossing and even less frequently do they touch an emotional chord, but that's exactly what the books does. Wawa fans, and general business readers, will relish this empowering story."
—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

"The cult of Wawa lives on...The company's six core values and a leadership style focusing on employee ownership with a strong sense of corporate social responsibility are major topics. Written in a light, conversational tone, though, this is a quick, engaging read. VERDICT A must-have for Wawa devotees and recommended for others interested in a behind-the-scenes look at an East Coast retailing legend."
—Library Journal

other editions

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762453177
    Pub date: 04/15/2014 | Price: 13.99 Canada/$10.99
    274 Pages
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History
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