EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Sandra Cox would be called a traitor if she got her coffee from any Wawa other than the small store at the Tilton Times Plaza.
Workers there know what she wants, and they’re friendly, she said.
“I’m truly going to miss this Wawa, this is like a second home,” said Cox, who lives down the street on Hingston Avenue and grabbed a cup of regular with vanilla cream on the free coffee day Thursday. “I can get here in my sleep.”
Wawa is closing the store on Tilton Road the last week of April, a spokeswoman said. Employees there will be relocated to nearby Wawa stores.
Wawa opened a larger store with its redesigned interior model and a gas station at the Black Horse Pike and Fire Road in October 2014. The convenience chain did not provide a reason for the Tilton Road store’s closing.
But the closing of the small store, which does not have a gas station, comes as a blow to the neighborhood, which includes housing developments and apartment complexes where people walk a short distance to get their hoagies and coffee.
“The children can get here. It’s just good. The people are great,” said Angela Corbin, who lives on Hingston Avenue and sometimes walks to the store with her granddaughter.
Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough said he was surprised the small Wawa was closing, considering it’s within walking distance of the condos, offices and businesses in the area.
“I think they’re missing the boat there because those people will not walk out to Fire Road,” he said.
Cox buys her gasoline at the large Wawas. But she gets everything else at her neighborhood one.
“This is more personal,” she said. “I really wish they wouldn’t close it.”