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Gas, Coffee, and Hoagies: Super Wawa Coming to Manalapan

The mid-Atlantic chain will be setting shop at the intersection of Woodward Road and Route 33.

If you are wondering what is being built at the corner of Route 33 and Woodward Road - the rumors are right - a full-service Wawa gas station and convenience store is currently being constructed. The establishment will be open 24-hours a day.

The application for this project was presented to the Manalapan Township Zoning Board in 2005, but construction did not commence until several months ago. The Zoning Board approved the application with thirteen variances.   

The intersection will be widened, at the expense of the contracting company. Woodward Road will be expanded to four lanes alongside of the gas station to three southbound lanes and one northbound lane. The northbound lane will also have a passing space on the right side of the lane for ingoing and outgoing traffic from the gas station.

At the widened intersection, there will be one right turn only lane, one left turn only lane, and a middle lane that will only allows cars to travel straight across Route 33 and continue along Woodward.

The traffic light at the intersection will be relocated and Route 33 west will be widened at the section adjacent to the gas station. An additional lane will be created and marked as right-turn only at the intersection. 

Entrance to the gas station will solely be available along Woodward Rd.; there will be no access to the Wawa from Rt. 33 West. According to state law currently, if two access entrances are needed for an establishment and there is a side road, both entry points must be placed on the side road and are prohibited on the highway. This ensures a good flow of traffic, according to Planning Board Secretary Eleanor Ruggiero.

Consequently, there will be two entryways along Woodward Rd. The entrance and exit closest to Route 33 will not permit left-hand turns. Therefore, if a driver turns onto Woodward from Route 33 the first access point closest to the highway allows entrance, but only an exit onto Woodward Road going north.

Additionally, cars traveling southbound on Woodward Road will need to turn into the gas station at the entrance further north (i.e. the first entrance they come upon) and will not be allowed to turn into the entryway closest to the highway.

The 5,041 square foot Wawa convenience store will also be open 24-hours. Besides typical convenience goods, the store will sell ready-made sandwiches, salads, fruit cups, and snack packs in their Wawa Express Case, and soft pretzels, hot dogs, and other hot snacks by the register. There will also be a hot coffee bar, soda dispenser, and a selection of frozen beverages.  Employees will also be on hand to prepare be made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads, breakfast hoagies, and soup.

There will be 63 parking spaces, including 3 handicap spaces on site for the convenience store. A section for oversized vehicle parking will also be on site.


The gasoline pumps will be underneath a fuel canopy. There will be six gasoline pump stations that are accessible from both sides and two diesel pump stations.

Due to some involved underground work being done, construction on the Wawa will not be complete until December, approximately, according to Ruggiero.

Marc B August 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Just what we need. A gas station right smack on top of residents. Another score for lower Manalapan property values. Manalapan should allow the residents to vote for these. I guess low income housing plus gas stations go together. Maybe residents from Marlboro and Colts Neck are bankrolling our government.
shannon August 16, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Build it, build it, build it! Finally, a decent place to get gas on the south side!
Leslie Bianczik August 16, 2012 at 07:04 PM
what the heck are you talking about "right smack on top of residents"? There are no homes close to that location. It's over a half mile away from the back side of that 4 seasons development.
Marc B August 16, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I can count at least 8 gas stations on 33 in a 6 mile distance. Knob Hill is in walking distance. The 24 hour Cvs and Walgreens have vagrants hanging out during all hours. Both stores have been robbed. One with a gun. 24 hour stores = low lives and criminals. Great for Manalapan.
Andrew Sokol August 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Looking forward to its opening.
Concerned07726 August 17, 2012 at 07:29 PM
More gas stations equals more jobs and lower gas prices for consumers. We need more tax ratables that are not resident derived. RT 33 is mostly rurual that corridor in Manalapan should be further developed for the aforementioned reasons etc.
Marc B August 18, 2012 at 03:04 AM
More gas stations equals lower property values. Lower property values equals less Ratables (you really mean taxes). More 24 hour consumer businesses equals more crime. More crime equals more police patrols. More police patrols equals higher taxes to residents. I haven't heard of Manalapan residents running out of gas. Their are 8 gas stations less than .25 miles apart up and down rt 33. They all charge more than they do in Jersey City where they have lots of ratables. Oh maybe that's where we are headed - as long as we have more minimum wage jobs, crime, increased public safety costs and lower property values. Jobs - I don't know any Manalapan homeowners who either pump gas or make sandwiches for a living. Oh I forgot - after rt33 and southern Manalapan is destroyed along with the property values, minimum wage earners such as gas pumpers and sandwich makers will be able to afford a house here. That's another score for the surrounding towns.
Sarah August 18, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Marc, you do get the right to protest. Come,bring people to the planning and township meetings and complain. Lots of people challenging our boards is what they hear. Vote against any current township committee member that is up for re-election and replace them with people who care about Manalapan. This year, replace Ryan Green who wants rte 33 to look like rte 9. Next year Andrew Lucas is up. Do the same., etc. Within 3 years, we have ability to replace them all. If you don't want to do that and encourage other residents to vote all of then out, then live with what they are definitely going to build on rte 33 and stop complaining.
lisa October 16, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I want to fill out application for this store now to try and have a job therefor when it is ready for grand opening hoe can I fill out a job application for this store? Please email menacing @ lednsl16@gmail.com thank u lisa
Thomas January 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Marc - I'm sorry you will have to deal with a Wawa in your neighborhood. For me, though, I could not be happier. I am a business owner with my office/warehouse right down the road from the new Wawa. As of now there is no 24 hour, well.... anything (except a CVS) .... in the area. My business has no set hours and usually is at night. I sometimes get back to the warehouse at 2-3 am, sometimes that's when I leave for the day. I have diesel trucks. Have any idea where the closest 24 station with diesel is? Me neither. When I saw the green LED price lights from a distance the other day I was ecstatic that I will be able to fuel up when I need it, not when it's convenient for a station to be open. When I get back to the shop in the middle of the night after a 14-16 hour day I'm tired, I'm hungry, and I probably need fuel. Not everyone has 9-5 business hours. I feel like Wawa is a godsend to those of us who work and operate outside of the status quo of the typical work day. I take much offense to your comment of "24 hour stores = low lives and criminals." I am neither; I'm a productive member and business owner in the community and I need the things that every other person does during a typical work day. The only difference is that my work day does not end at 5:00 pm. Also, just because you don't know any gas pumpers or sandwich makers does not mean they do not exist. Please get outside of your bubble and realize that the world is larger than you.
Thomas January 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Lisa - Nothing personal, but you might want to proofread and/or take some grammar/spelling courses before handing in your resume. If you swing by the new Wawa sometime you'll see a large sign that says "Now Hiring." I'm sure there are further instructions included.

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