Costco is still your source for jumbo packs of toilet paper that will last you though the apocalypse, but pretty soon the big box chain’s Polish hot dogs will no longer be part of its popular food court menu.
The retail giant quietly announced on Thursday, July 5, that it was revamping its menu in an effort to make way for healthier options, and now that people are out of their Independence Day daze, the startling news is setting in. In short, a lot of people are not pleased.
Still, it’s worth noting that even though the Polish wiener will soon be no more, the all-beef hot dog – which you can still buy with a soda for just $1.50, the same price it was when the combo was introduced in 1984 – isn’t going anywhere. “The all-beef hot dog remains,” Costco CFO Richard Galanti told The Seattle Times, noting the Polish dog will continue to be sold in bulk.
The publication notes Costco hinted at a shift towards healthier menu items back in January, when chief executive Craig Jelinek reportedly told company shareholders, “Not everybody gets as excited about pizza and hot dogs as I do.”
In the Polish hot dog’s place, Costco shoppers can expect to see more nutritious items such as açai fruit bowls, organic burgers (which started appearing in some stores last summer) and a plant-based protein salad.
Given those replacements, it’s easy to see why many Polish hot dog lovers are outraged. Check out some impassioned Twitter reactions below:
COSTCO NO LONGER SELLS THE POLISH DOG 😩😢😩
— Jonny Le (@jonphu15) June 30, 2018
The Costco Polish hot dog is being removed for an ACAÍ BOWL?!?
I can’t take more of 2018. https://t.co/GZyhKKLcsn
— James Mattone (@TheJamesMattone) July 9, 2018
— Joanna (@_Joannnaa) July 8, 2018
My entire childhood is eating a polish hot dog after shopping at Costco. And not to mention y'all took off the berry sundae and added an açai bowl. You also took off the chocolate ice cream and only have vanilla and this vanilla açai swirl. Genuinely mad. #SaveThePolishDog
— Olivia (@mylifeasliv11) July 8, 2018
Rip @Costco polish hot dog 💔
— Sean (@seandagdag) July 8, 2018
Finding out that Costco is removing the polish dog off the menu 😭😭😭 https://t.co/4W1HGaHqcX
— Cassandra Parra (@Casa_parra) July 9, 2018
KEEP THE POLISH DOG @Costco WHERE IS YOUR HUMANITY
— Jo da da da (@Woah_Jojoo) July 8, 2018
Say what??? Costco to ditch Polish hot dog for acai fruit bowl, organic burger and a plant-based protein salad. The polish hot dog and bottled water is how I wait while wife handles checkout process. I hope "organic" is a euphemism for "beef."@cherylcasone @FoxBusiness
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) July 9, 2018
I really try to avoid political talk on Twitter, but something has to be said.
I'm going to use my voice to enact change.
I understand if you unfollow me, but I can't have my kids grow up believing I stood by silently and did nothing.@costco BRING BACK THE POLISH DOGS
— Sam Adams (@SWXSamAdams) July 7, 2018
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