PrimoHoagies Celebrates National Hoagie Day: Monday, May 6th, 2019.

WHO:  PrimoHoagies-national purveyor of Italian specialty sandwiches, based in Philadelphia, where hoagies were invented.

WHAT: National Hoagie Day is May 5, Cinco de Mayo. PrimoHoagies is celebrating at locations nationwide on Monday, May 6 with #PrimoHoagiesDay

WHEN: Monday, May 6th all day

WHERE: Visit www. primohoagies near you to find your closest location

OFFER: On Monday, May 6, all Primo’s locations nationwide will offer Primo sized hoagies including Italian, ham and cheese and turkey and cheese for the special price of $5.99, with unlimited quantities. Must be a Primo rewards member. Anyone can be a rewards member by downloading the app at the Apple app store, signing up in store or on the website.

The company will also be recognizing special citizens in each of their markets with complimentary deliveries of hoagies to first responders and public servants like ER staff, fire departments, police departments, youth centers and more.


Locations include:

  • Philadelphia Fire Department – 133 N 10th Street
  • Philadelphia Police Department 905 South Street
  • Philadelphia Police Department 235 N 9th Street
  • Fire Department  101 N 4th Street
  • Police Department 750 Race Street
  • Fire Department 601 South Street
  • Fire Department – 133 N 10th Street  
  • Philadelphia Police Department 905 South Street   
  • Lower Merion Police Department 71 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore PA 19003
  • Lower Merion Fire Department -75 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore PA 19003
  • Narberth Ambulance -101 Sibley Ave, Ardmore PA 19003
  • West Norriton Police Department
  • Lower Providence Township Fire Department
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Fire Department 101 N 4th Street, West Chester  
  • Police Department  401 E Gay Street, West Chester
  • Fire Department, 70 Bradford Avenue , West Chester
  • Fire Department 833 Rosary Lane  
  • Winslow Twp police – 125 Route 73 –Sicklerville
  • Winslow Twp Fire Dept 9 Cedarbrook Road, Sicklerville
  • Washingtown Twp Police 1 McClure Dr Sewell, NJ
  • Phoenixville Police Station
  • Schuylkill Twp Police Department
  • West End Fire Company No.3, Phoenixville

The History of the Hoagie

Hoagies were born in 1953 is a Hog Island sandwich. The term hoagie originated in the Philadelphia area.

The Philadelphia Bulletin reported in 1953 that Italian Americans working at the World War I era shipyard known as Hog Island, introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses and lettuce between two slices of bread. The name became known as a Hog Island sandwich, shortened to Hoggies, then pronounced later as hoagie.

The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens Manual says the hoagie was created by early twentieth century street vendors called hokey pokey men, who sold salad, meats and buns with a slice through them.

When Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore opened in Philadelphia in 1879, area bakeries produced a long loaf of bread called the pinafore. Entrepreneurial hokey pokey men sliced the loaf in half, stuffed it with antipasto salad and sold the world’s first hoagie.

A third explanation is that the word hoagie arose in the late 19th to early 20th century among the Italian American community in South Philadelphia. The term on the hoke was a slang term used to describe a destitute person. Deli owners would give away scraps of meats in an Italian roll known as a hokie—but the Italian immigrants pronounced the word hoagie


The History of PrimoHoagies

Primo’s was founded in 1992 s a traditional corner deli serving old-fashioned sandwiches.

In 1995, the company opened locations in Rittenhouse Square and Marlton, New Jersey.

In 2000, inspired by a certain cable television show that regularly featured hoagies, Primo’s launched a trio of killer hoagies made with chicken cutlets—the Bada Bing, the Bada Boom and Whacked Chicken.

By 2001, the company had two franchise locations—in Wildwood Crest and Ocean City New Jersey.

In 2003, Primos opened their flagship Center City store at 11th and Sansom Streets, on the campus of Jefferson.

In 2004-the company launched PrimoCares, a non profit that donates school supplies, Christmas gifts and hot meals to thousands of children in need annually around the Greater Philadelphia region

In 2017, the company opened a location at Citizen’s Bank Park, the first stadium location for the brand.

In 2018-the company rebranded as PrimoHoagies-old fashioned Italian Specialty Sandwiches

2019 saw the launch of healthy lettuce wrapped hoagies, and PrimoHoagies Italian Hoagie flavored potato chips.

By the end of the year, PrimoHoagies will have 90+ locations nationwide.


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