Giant Wawa Hoagie: An Infographic


Last week, Theresa Stigale showed us scenes from the annual Wawa Hoagie Day that kicked off the 2012 Wawa Welcome America Festival. One feature of the event stuck in my mind all week: Wawa created and served 4.5 TONS OF ITALIAN HOAGIES in a single afternoon.

I couldn’t quite imagine what 4.5 tons of hoagies would look like, so I decided to find some other Philadelphia objects of a similar weight. Here’s what I found.

Image: Meredith Broussard

Originally I thought the event would feature a single giant hoagie, Guinness World Records-style. (Incidentally: Guinness records the longest-ever sandwich at 2,081 ft in length.) I was ever so slightly disappointed to find out that Wawa simply used thousands of Shorti hoagie rolls instead of constructing a massive oven to bake the bread for a single massive hoagie. The term ‘giant hoagie’ is way more attention-grabbing than ‘thousands of shortie hoagies,’ however. This issue seems to be a matter of hoagie semantics.

Image: Wawa

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Hidden City Daily contributing editor Meredith Broussard has written for Harper's, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle,, The Chicago Reader, The Philadelphia City Paper, and Philadelphia magazine. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Meredith holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University. Visit her website at

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