The End of a Wawa Era

The College Park Wawa closed its doors for the last time Sunday as a mob of University of Maryland students mourned the loss of a campus landmark.

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The College Park Wawa closed its doors for the last time Sunday as a mob of University of Maryland students mourned the loss of a campus landmark, the Diamondback writes. "Herds gathered in the back aisles, screaming and reminiscing. Students ran through the now empty shelves and ravaged the last doughnuts, muffins, and slushies."

The looters swigged frozen drinks from coffee pots and tore wooden signs and clocks from the walls. One student even marked his last hurrah with a lap around the store while protesting "Save Wawa," according to the Diamondback. The store's shuttering (a victim of corporate reorganization) awakened the spirits of customers "loyal to a point that I didn't understand," as one employee described. But a 2,000-student Facebook group and the threat of a sit-in did little to prevent the inevitable. The school's newspaper laments: "A little piece of us all will die the day Wawa officially closes its doors for good."