Wawa is a great chain of convenience stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia... it's almost as good as Sheetz, but not quite. Why do all of the great convenience stores have terrible names?
Wawa actually traces its roots to the early 1900s when the Wood Family's Dairy, called Wawa, began operations. In the 1960s the dairy opened its first store in Folsom, Pennsylvania. Today the chain has some 580 stores. The company headquarters has the address of Wawa, Pennsylvania, apparently named after the old dairy farm.
This store has the standard amenities of most convenience stores. Most locations have a huge section of gas pumps, public restrooms, drinks, and snacks. Wawa also has breakfast sandwiches and a huge variety of made-to-order subs with a handy touch-screen computer ordering system.
Wawa's biggest competitor in Delaware is Royal Farms, which has just 100 locations in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
Atlantic Books has 16 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. I have only visited the the Dover Store on North Du Pont Highway. The store has a massive selection of books in a pseudo-warehouse atmosphere. Sure this is no Barnes and Nobles, but don't let that deter you. Here you will find lots of the same bestsellers alongside stacks of bargain basement $1 books, arranged by genre.
Very cool place to find something unique to read.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Byler's Country Store is a great country store with just about everything! They have groceries, a bakery and deli, country gifts and crafts, outdoor furniture and playground equipment, and even a variety of stoves. Their foods include homemade candies, ice cream, and specialty baking goods.
This is a destination in Dover for locals and out of towners. Even the Amish shop here; the store has hitching posts on the side for their horses.
I shopped for a lot of Christmas presents here in the fall, as well as groceries a time or two. Many of their toys and crafts are handmade or at least very unique. The food are mostly bulk or off-brand items, making them cheaper than most other local stores.
Big name stores in this mall are:
Aeropostale, Dollar General, Foot Locker, JCPenneys, KBToys, Lane Bryant, Littmans, Macys, Old Navy, Pier 1, Radio Shack, Sears, Waldens, Yankee Candle.
There are nearly a 100 stores and a dozen eateries, so you can shop until you drop, then get a quick pick-me-up meal and shop some more.
Like most large indoor malls with atriums and foyer spaces, there are weekly events and seasonal entertainment to draw in the kids and the crowds. see the website for event schedules and mall open times.
There are restroom facilities for your convenience and benches and stone seats for resting if you need them.
Local buses have the mall as one of their stops on regular hourly schedules.
DuPont Highway has all of Dover's big, name brand stores like the mall, Kohl's, Home Depot, Lowes, and Target, along with the crappy below-average chain restaurants like TGI Fridays, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and a plethora of fast food joints. Dupont Highway has barely any sidewalks and virtually no crosswalks, so you always see people sprinting across 6 lanes of traffic (and you occasionally read about someone getting hit).
There are a few original places here like Bubba's and a couple of local restaurants that have survived the sprawl, but not much. I prefer the downtown area.
Don't be deceived by the name... the small shop in Dover, Delaware, called Oriental-Spanish Food Market is actually a Korean market. They have all of your Korean favorites from meats and vegetables to ramyeon, kimchi, seaweed, and hot pepper paste.
Kalbi (barbecued beef ribs) is about $5.00 per pound, but you have to pre-order... it takes 2-3 days for them to receive the meat. They also have kalbi marinade, dipping sauce, spinach with sesame oil, spicy bean sprouts, and rice -- everything you need to make a wonderful Korean meal!
Dover Mall is located near the Dover Downs Speedway on Route 13 on the north end of town. There is around 100 different retail stores here, the cost of living is a little lower down here so the prices are very reasonable. Believe me you will find what you are looking for in here.