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Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes struggling

Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes, co-founded by Blondie cartoonist Dean Young who started the franchise back in 2006 to capitalize on the Dagwood sandwich made infamous in the Blondie comic, is struggling – at least in Clearwater Fl where the shop has laid off all by four employees – a skeleton crew. The company, which has national franchise goals has also had changes in its top brass. Dean has stepped down as chairman and co-founder Lamar Berry resigned as CEO last September.

Community Comments

#1 Mike Cope
March/30/2009
@ 9:22 am

I’ve noticed that the size of sandwiches at our local sub shop have been gradually shrinking. Do they honestly think they’re readers (I mean, patrons) won’t notice?

#2 Wiley Miller
March/30/2009
@ 10:26 am

I think this would have been a really good idea for a venture about 40 of 50 years ago. A “Dagwood sandwich” just doesn’t resinate with people under the age of about 40.

#3 Larry Levine
March/30/2009
@ 11:21 am

50 years ago Arthur Lake could have been the company spokesman, the Mr Whipple of his day (Dagwood, don’t EAT the sandwiches, they’re for the customers)

#4 Garey Mckee
March/30/2009
@ 4:51 pm

Quality, money and management play a big role here, regardless of the age of the patrons or their awareness of the origins of the name. Is it good food? Is it a good price (I’m guessing a big NO on that one) and is it well run and clean.

#5 Phil Wohlrab
March/31/2009
@ 7:42 am

I’d definitely go to a Krusty Krab for a crabby patty. Dagwoods sandwich sounds like you’d be eating old food.

#6 Jim Lavery
March/31/2009
@ 8:10 am

I’d buy Calvin’s Chocolate Frosted Crunchy Sugar Bombs–“tasty, lip-smacking, crunchy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, and they don’t have a single natural ingredient or essential vitamin to get in the way of that rich, fudgy taste”–by the caseload!

It’s like “eating a bowl of milk duds!”

#7 David Bunch
March/2/2010
@ 3:24 am

I had high hopes for the quality of the sandwiches when our Dagwood’s opened locally. Those hopes were immediately dashed. A sandwich that would barely have passed muster at your local supermarket deli as a pre-made sub (super thick bun, a layer of meat and cheese about 1/4″ thick and a mountain of shredded lettuce about 3″ tall – all for over 6 bux for a half-footer. The signature Dagwood was a tad more meaty than the average Firehouse Sub, for over $10.

The entire concept was never based on value or quality, the focus was on the comic strip (which means seniors, let’s face it), and as a result, they didn’t last a year – and that was with closing at 6pm nightly.

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