If you have a Costco membership, you know that a delightful perk of shopping at the warehouse club is grabbing a bite to eat in the megastore’s food court. Sadly, one popular item at Costco’s food court – the Polish hot dog – will soon be removed from Costco locations across the country.
The end of Polish hot dogs is part of Costco’s efforts to offer healthier fare at their food courts, including vegan and vegetarian options, acai fruit bowls and organic burgers.
However, die-hard fans are clearly disappointed by the change and they are taking to social media to mourn the loss. One Twitter user said the Polish dogs were a uniting force in a divided country:
— Jstrickland310 (@JStrickland310) July 9, 2018
Journalist Charles Payne was saddened by the loss of his go-to snack while waiting for his wife to check out at Costco:
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
This Twitter user wanted it on record that he spoke out in favor of bringing back the Polish dogs:
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 (@SamAdamsTV) July 7, 2018
Even Costco insiders don’t seem exactly thrilled about the change.
“Not everybody gets as excited about pizza and hot dogs as I do,” Craig Jelinek, Costco chief executive, told company shareholders at a January meeting.
Jelinek went on to give a seemingly unenthusiastic endorsement of the plant-based protein salad, another new menu addition.
“This new plant-based protein salad, I know that excites you,” he said. “But it is healthy. And, uh, actually, it tastes pretty good, if you like those kind of things. I tried it once.”
What do you think? Are you sad to see the sauerkraut-topped dog go, or are you willing to give one of the new menu items a try?