John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Find the Wawa Hoagie Quiz

At a May 14, 2018, Newtown Township Board of Supervisors meeting, a resident claimed that "There is no place [in Newtown] to get a normal sandwich for less than $15" (see here). 

Actually, there are many places in Newtown where you can get a sandwich/hoagie for under $15.

This quiz presented 6 sandwiches for under $15 plus one Wawa hoagie and asked respondents to identify the Wawa hoagie and the highest priced hoagie among a group of seven (see image above). It was a challenge!

Results

Over 215 people participated in the quiz. Only 22% of them were able to correctly identify the Wawa hoagie (#6), which is a chicken with spinach classic hoagie that costs about $5.79.

The majority (55%) of respondents thought it was #3, which is an Italian hoagie from Shady Brook Farm. It cost about $8. About 13% of respondents thought it was #4, which is an Italian hoagie from Acme and cost $5.

Here's the identity of all the hoagies:

  1. Slack’s Hoagie Shack half Italian  hoagie. About $8.50.
  2. La Stalla “Frank Sinatra” sandwich. $ 11.95.
  3. 12” Italian hoagie from Shady Brook Farm costs about $8.
  4. 12” Italian hoagie from Acme. About $5.
  5. Primo mild sharp Italian hoagie. About $10 for 9” size.
  6. Chicken with spinach classic Wawa hoagie. About $5 for 10” size.
  7. Joey G’s grilled chicken with asparagus sandwich. $7.95.

One person complained about the lack of fairness: “I don't know why the same sandwich wasn't ordered, and that the sandwiches were positioned differently. Not really a fair visual comparison.”

Show Me a Wawa Italian Hoagie

To be a fair visual comparison, I agree that I should have a photo of an Italian hoagie from Wawa. So, while attending an EPA meeting in Horsham on 25 July 2018, I purchased a classic Italian hoagie from a local Wawa (see my Instagram post below).

 

During the lunch break today at the EPA PFAS Community Stakeholder meeting in Horsham, I was able to drive about 1 mile down Horsham Road to a Wawa and get this Classic Italian hoagie for $5 and change. It looks OK compared to the chicken hoagie I purchased at the Richboro Wawa. It also tasted OK, but not great. The amount of meat was pretty meager compared to other Italian hoagies I have purchased in Newtown.

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