Bring Wawa to Penn State sign now

Red Roof, Baltimore Pike
Wawa, Pennsylvania 19063

To Whom It May Concern:

Here at the Pennsylvania State University, we have many off-campus dining options within a reasonable walking or driving distance. We have numerous restaurants, fast food chains, and even convenience stores such as Uni-mart and Sheetz. But what Penn State really needs is a Wawa.

Penn States University Park campus, located in State College, PA, is home to over 40,000 students from August through May, and 1,500-2,000 (plus camps, conferences, and visitors) during the summer months. The State College area itself is one of the fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Areas nationwide due to rapid growth from the university, and general quality of life rankings success. State College is also home to the annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts known to many simply as ArtsFest an event that brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area each July. In addition, the Penn State Nittany Lions football team brings the population up to approximately 100,000 for seven home games every season, between early September and late November. Also, University Park Penn States campus within State College is home to the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. The Penn State Dance Marathon (also known as THON) raises money to find a cure to pediatric cancer. In 2006, students raised 4.2 million dollars and the effort still continues to grow every year. With so much influence throughout Pennsylvania, the United States, and the world, clearly Penn State has something to offer you as well.

Our student body represents all 50 states; one out of every 114 Americans with a college degree is a Penn State graduate. In addition, students come from over 132 different countries. However, a majority of us are residents of Pennsylvania. Among us, the expected Eagles vs. Steelers, Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, and of course Wawa vs. Sheetz competitions and disagreements are prevalent and strong. Throughout our time in State College, most of us are far from home and begin to miss certain comforts that we have grown up with. As students from the Philadelphia area, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, we all began to miss many of the same things as soon as we arrived here; Aside from missing friends and family, we would do just about anything for a Philly cheesesteak, a Wawa hoagie or iced tea, or a weekend trip to the shore. When we go home for breaks, a trip to Wawa is usually one of the first items on the list of things to do. Some of us even stop at the closest Wawa (located at the Pocono exit where the Northeast Extension meets I-80) on the way home.

Therefore, we are writing this petition with the goal to bring Wawa to downtown State College. With the rivalry between students from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the geographical center of Pennsylvania would be the perfect place to have both a Wawa and a Sheetz. Hopefully, you will take this letter into serious consideration, as the introduction of a Wawa here in State College will satisfy us, and will be one of the most beneficial moves your company could possibly make.

Please follow your own core goals to value people, delight customers, embrace change, do things right, have a passion for winning- and lastly, do the right thing. Opening a store here in State College is the right thing, and many students want to express this to you. Facebook, an online community, allows college students to create groups based on common interests. Currently, there are 100 groups devoted to Wawa at various schools. Penn State University itself has 52 groups with the word 'Wawa' in the title, a majority of which are comprised of students who want a Wawa while here at school. One such group, named Wawa Rocks my Socks Off has almost 3,000 members. Another, called 'Bring Wawa to Penn State Club' has 1,100. These students, as well as many others, would support and patronize a Wawa in downtown State College.

We are taking this idea to the top of the Wawa chain in hopes of showing enough of a need to bring forth change. As you can see by the supporters of this mission, there is a need for your business among these students whether its for the taste of the food itself, or simply the comforting reminder of home. Thanks for your time! PLEASE BRING WAWA TO PENN STATE!!!!!

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