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Hackensack Police, Firefighters Build Hoagies For Charity At Wawa Opening

Wawa celebrated the grand opening of its Hackensack store Nov. 20 with a hoagie-building battle between local police and firefighters. The store pictured is another of its 704 locations.
Wawa celebrated the grand opening of its Hackensack store Nov. 20 with a hoagie-building battle between local police and firefighters. The store pictured is another of its 704 locations. Photo Credit: Contributed

HACKSENSACK, N.J. -- It was mayo and mustard at 20 paces as Hackensack’s finest and bravest built hoagies in a food fight for charity at the opening of the city’s new Wawa convenience store.

“The lettuce was flying,” said the store’s general manager, Stephen Klunder, after the grand opening Friday at 505 S. River St.

In the end, it was a squeaker, with the police department coming out on top in the three-minute contest with 42 sandwiches, and the fire department with 41, Klunder said.

Wawa -- a chain of convenience stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Florida – specializes in freshly made food, including hoagies (aka subs or grinders), soups, coffee and snacks.

Wawa opened a store in Bergen County’s Garfield in April, according to a report in newjerseyadvancemedia.com. The Hackensack store is its 704th, Klunder said.

The new store will employ about 60 people, Klunder said.

As the food fight’s sponsor, Wawa gave the winners -- and runners-up -- each $1,000 to be used for charity, Klunder said.

It gave the police department an extra $1,000 to be used for a foundation set up for the ailing child of one of its officers, he said.

It also donated $1,500 to a local organization that helps distribute food to the needy, and $50,000 to the United Services Organization to help pay for its planned facility at Newark Liberty International Airport, he said.

Now that's a lot of lettuce.

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