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The $1.50 hot dog and soda combo has been a staple of the Costco experience since 1984. While it doesn't look like that deal's going anywhere anytime soon, the $126 billion-a-year bulk retail company has announced they will be eliminating the Polish hot dog from the menu to make room for healthier options.
Rumored new menu items include a plant-based protein salad (confusingly named the "Al Pastor Salad"), organic burgers (which started to show up in some locations last summer), and, perhaps most divergent from the old menu, an açai fruit bowl. In a shareholder's meeting, CEO Craig Jelinek had this to say about the menu paradigm shift, “This new plant-based protein salad, I know that excites you. But it is healthy. And, uh, actually, it tastes pretty good, if you like those kind of things. I tried it once.”
Long-time Costco customers, predictably, seem to share Jelinek's trepidation about this new development. We took to Twitter to get shoppers' opinions on the ousting of the Polish hot dog, and asked what items keep them coming to Costco:
Costco just shook up their food court menu and killed off the Polish Hot Dog. Which food court item removal would make you second-guess your membership? pic.twitter.com/xAZ0OF00ez
— slickdeals (@slickdeals) July 12, 2018
The replies we got were illuminating, with some people happy with the inclusion of healthier options, and others livid at this new development. The whole thread is worth checking out, but you can read some of our favorites here:
The mocha freeze going from 1.55 to 2.99 already stopped my trips to @Costco for lunch!
— Jesse (@ktsdaddy) July 12, 2018
If they get rid of the pizza, I’m throwing hands
— MJO23DAN (@MJO23DAN) July 12, 2018
If the chicken bake falls off that menu, it is a sign of the End Times.
— JoMo! (@palabrajomo) July 12, 2018
If they removed the pizza I would drop my membership.... LoL
— Darrell Gilmore (@coldheat06) July 12, 2018
I’m glad they are adding healthier options. People should definitely checkout Saturated fats and learn about them. Make America healthy Costco! :)
— Oscar (@gmfnx) July 12, 2018
— Philip K. Luong (@Pkluong) July 12, 2018
Mine got rid of the chocolate yogurt. They replaced it with the açaí berry. That and the polish dog being gone are really making me question.
— Christopher Holmes (@The_ChrisHolmes) July 12, 2018
How do you feel about the new menu changes? Is there anything they could change to make you stop shopping at Costco? Let us know in the comments below!
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