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.

7 thoughts on “Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes struggling

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!”

  6. 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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