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.
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About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword Richard J. George, PhD 8
Introduction: Share of Heart 12
1 "What Is a Wawa?" 20
2 Birth of a Family Business 26
3 Coining the Convenience Concept 34
4 Learning to Fly 44
5 Private and Shared Ownership 60
6 Servant Leadership 78
7 Our Six Core Values 88
8 Surviving the Dark Days 120
9 Winning Share of Heart 136
10 Community as Family 152
11 The Bird's-Eye View 164
12 Expanding Wavaland 200
Epilogue: Where We Go from Here 216
Afterword: Perspective Richard D. Wood Jr. 227
The Wawa Timeline 236
The Wawa Foundation 239
Quote Credits 240
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