You may have seen the latest Wawa flyer going around town promoting the proposed new store at the site of the old Media Inn, but if you haven't, here it is. The tri-fold brochure displays the rendering and picture of what the discussed site would look like at the corner of Providence Rd. and Baltimore Pike.
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The piece goes on to illustrate the economic benefits that such a store could bring: new jobs, revitalization, construction/contractor work, tax revenue, charitable causes, etc. In addition, it lays out bullet points of the development and architecture that would be unique to Media Borough.
Wawa wouldn't go to this length with a targeted marketing campaign if they weren't serious about building a Super Wawa here. Whether you like this idea or not, you have to respect any entity that shows interest in investing in the borough. From my discussions and the informal feedback gathered from the poll conducted on this site, the overall public opinion appears to favor such a store. Would a hotel go better in this lot? I think we all agree it would, but it's not going to happen. A dollar store or super pharmacy? Not popular options but a reality of what could also potentially be built here by the owner, Media Real Estate.
Where's Media Borough Council on this plan? Good question. I'm told Wawa and MRE would like to do a presentation at the next borough council meeting on July 19th to further explain their plans and answer questions from the community. However, I'm also hearing that Council President, Brian Hall isn't planning to allow a 15 minute presentation by the group. Perhaps there's a valid reason for that move; but based on how badly the Third St. Bridge ordeal was mis-managed, nothing suprises me.