C-stores, Gas Stations Coming Back Online Post-Sandy

JERSEY CITY, N.J -- Slowly but surely, the industry is getting back to business as usual following the late October storm that devastated parts of the Northeast.

As of late yesterday afternoon, Pennsylvania-based Wawa Inc. had reopened all its convenience store locations except seven that suffered damage during Superstorm Sandy. Those stores are in New Jersey: Avalon, Ocean City, Margate, Ship Bottom, Normandy Beach, Long Beach, and Sayreville.

Another 19 Wawa locations are still subject to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's fuel rationing mandate.

"We appreciate your patience as we continue to do our best to access these locations and get them back up and running.  In the meantime, we hope that our nearby stores can serve you until we are able to safely reopen," Wawa said on its website. "While the majority of our stores are now open and serving the community, we understand that there are still many areas of our region impacted by power outages and storm impact.  We continue to work closely with the American Red Cross and our community partners in the impacted areas to provide assistance and support.

"We hope that you and your families are safe and have recovered from this storm and we will continue to do everything in our power to support the communities we serve and aid in the relief effort," the company added.

Quick Chek, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., has also reopened all of its convenience stores except seven, all of which are located in New Jersey, according to the company's Facebook page. Quick Chek operates more than 120 locations throughout New Jersey and New York.

In addition to Wawa and Quick Chek, gas stations throughout the New York metropolitan area are coming back online one week after the monster storm. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday that 24 percent of gas stations in the metro area did not have gasoline available for sale. That's compared to 27 percent of gas stations that were unavailable on Sunday and 67 percent on Friday, according to CNN.


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