UPDATE: Sam's Club adds Polish hot dogs to menu after Costco scraps them
UPDATE: A food fight over Polish hot dogs has started, and Sam's Club just scored a major victory in the hearts, and stomachs, of many consumers.
After Costco sparked a national backlash after news broke last week that the chain planned to cut the Polish frank from its food-court menu, bulk retailer rival Sam’s Club stepped in and announced it would add the item to all of its café menus.
About 200 Sam’s Club locations already sell the quarter-pound Polish dogs, but now they will be offered at 99 cents each at all locations beginning July 23 “so people everywhere can get their fix,” the company said in a statement.
"You don’t have to be a Sam’s Club member to dine in the café," it noted.
Costco decided to scrap its Polish dog to make room for "healthier" choices, although it will continue to sell its regular all-beef frankfurter, a staple in its popular $1.50 hot dog and soda combo.
Even though Costco locations in California and other areas of the Northwest long phased out the Polish dogs — and some places elsewhere in the country never even served it in the first place — the decision to remove the Polish kielbasa prompted some anger on social media.
“You are ruining my life. I don’t want to buy polish dogs in bulk I want to buy one as I walk out the door. Why are you doing this?” one person lamented on Twitter.
A representative from Sam's Club confirmed to TODAY Food that that company's addition of the Polish dog was indeed a direct response to Costco's removal of a Polish dog from its menu.
"Yes, Sam’s Club wanted to make sure people everywhere could get their Polish dog fix and at a great value," the company told TODAY Food.
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Case in point: Costco is removing the popular Polish hot dog from its food court menu and the internet is absolutely furious.
Though the move is being made by Costco to bring in healthier snack options, the outpouring of anger at Costco's hot dog decision has been pretty vicious and many comments on Twitter are filled with expletives.
It's not like Costco is going to stop serving hot dogs altogether, though. Its all-beef frankfurter is staying on the menu and will still be offered with a soda for only $1.50.
Many stores in California and the Northwest have already phased out the Polish hot dog. A representative for Costco declined to comment to TODAY Food's inquiries about the changes, so we made some calls around the country to find out the status of the Polish hot dog. Some stores, like the Costco in Middleton, Wisconsin, never served the Polish hot dog, as brats are still the tubed meat of choice. And in Minneapolis, the Polish hot dog was removed from the menu three years ago.
But now the anger is real.
While some are lashing out at Costco in fury, others are just plain sad that the Polish hot dog is going away. One person said they felt the loss was "worse than a heartbreak."
To add fuel to the fire, a Coscto executive confirmed that the Polish dog is being discontinued to make way for new healthier items like an acai bowl and a meatless salad, according to the Seattle Times.
Let's just say, the response to the new options has not been welcoming.
Now, people are threatening not to eat at the food court.
One person even started an online petition to save the Polish hot dog, and wrote, "I, myself am appalled that the Polish dog is soon to be gone... taking [it] off the menu leaves a void that can not be replaced."
So far, over 1,600 people have signed it.