Inflation Where It Hurts—In Montco Residents’ Wallets—Hoagies, Cheesesteaks, Soft Pretzels See a Rise in Prices

A cheesesteak on the grill
Image via Tim Tai, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Owner John Bucci Jr. prepares cheesesteak orders on the grill at John's Roast Pork

Providers and consumers of Philadelphia’s favorite foods are feeling the effects of inflation, writes Joseph N. DiStefano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Individual soft pretzels are over a dollar from a previous 75 cents.

At Philly Pretzel Factory in Boothwyn, soft pretzels that were five for $3.75 in June are now five for $5.25. A worker attributed the increase to the rise in gas prices.

Cheesesteaks that went for $10 could now go between $12 and $15. 

Wawa’s six-inch Shortis are 60 cents more now, costing about $5.

Costs “have risen, in some cases rather dramatically,” said Lori Doyle, a Wawa spokesperson. She said Wawa prices remain “competitive.”

The Thanksgiving turkey? It’ll cost about 10 percent more than last year.

 “I’m a wreck,” because of inflation, said John Bucci, owner of John’s Roast Pork in South Philly. He raised his base sandwich to $12 on Thursday, up from $9.75.

The roast pork was 89 cents a pound pre-pandemic. Now it’s $1.89.

The past has seen a cyclic spike in meat prices. Now, it’s everything—wrappers, ketchup, cleaning detergent.

Manufacturers have seen a rise in the price of ingredients, packaging, and transportation which gets passed on to the merchants.

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer about the impact of inflation on Philly-favorite foods like cheesesteaks and soft pretzels.


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