Sadly in 2013, Sandy unexpectedly passed away. Today the store is owned by her two sons, Allen and Cortney Wonder, and although she is missed, her legacy continues. At the time of this writing, "The Why Not Travel Store" is undergoing some major remodeling. The Deli area was increased in size and now offers a large selection of products and refreshments, a new walk-in cooler and freezer were added to increase the size of our cold and frozen offerings. The restaurant was sublet and eventually sold off to Granny's Kitchen. New bathrooms were added and the store outside/inside appearances have been enhanced. Why Not stop by?
In 1991 our founder, Sandy Rogers, decided to head southwest from Omaha, Ne. with her young teenage son and purchased a store in Why, Az. The name of the store was the Why-Not Travel Store. The store sold propane, gas, food, refreshments, and nik-naks that were mostly locally produced. In the parking lot was a hot grill in the shape of a bull that was used to cook hamburgers and other items.
Over the years, she increased the size of the store, affiliated the fuel products with Texaco, installed storage units, added a restaurant (much to the detriment of the bull!) and increased the products the store could offer. Of course, as with any business, there were good times and bad. In the good times she reinvested into the store and gave back to the community, and in bad times Sandy, who was of Pennsylvania Dutch stock (re: a strong work ethic), persevered. She hired locally and several of her hires still work for us.
Why Why? This is from the Wiki page about Why:
"The town derives its name from the fact that the two major highways, State Routes 85 and 86, originally intersected in a Y-intersection. At the time of its naming, Arizona law required all city names to have at least three letters, so the town's founders named the town "Why" as opposed to simply calling it "Y." The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) later removed the old Y-intersection for traffic safety reasons and built the two highways in a conventional T-intersection south of the original intersection.
It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names."