Wawa’s 1980s Retro Week With The Goldbergs Celebrates First Store Opening

Scene from The Goldbergs outside the 1980s Jenkintown Wawa.
2015 Image via Wawa Facebook page.
A scene from The Goldbergs outside the 1980s style Jenkintown Wawa.

Time travel back to the 1980s this week at your local Wawa with The Goldbergs, writes Stephanie Farr for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wawa’s first store opened April 16, 1964 in Folsom off MacDade Blvd.

All week long, April 16-23, Wawa goes retro with The Goldbergs as it celebrates the 57th anniversary of the opening of its first store, April 16, 1964, in Folsom.

To officially kick-off Wawa Week, Wawa is hosting a celebration the morning of April 16 (from 8-9 a.m.) in Jenkintown (816 Old York Rd. Jenkintown, PA),

It will feature a ceremonial pouring of the first cup of coffee by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the unveiling of special, limited-edition The Goldbergs menu items.

There will be “throwback” signs and 1980s music playing Wawa’s store. Video clips at fuel pumps highlight “famous Wawa scenes” from the TV show.

A special Garlic Chicken Cheesy Parm hoagie in honor of Beverly Goldberg’s love of parmesan recipes will be sold.

A portion of the sandwich sales benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

For those unfamiliar, The Goldbergs is set in 1980s Jenkintown, with frequent references to the Jenkintown Wawa. That store will have additional themed décor, vintage uniforms for the staff.

 A “Home of the JTP (also known as the Jenkintown Posse)” plaque will be unveiled at the store today.

On April 23, local police and fire departments will participate in a Smash Ball competition with water balloons in the store’s parking lot..

Wawa introduced hot foods in the 1980s and for the first time, hoagies were built-to-order.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about Wawa’s retro-80s Goldbergs celebration.