Philly cheesesteaks, Wawa hoagies, and soft pretzels are getting more expensive. Blame inflation, which recently hit a 30-year high, my colleague Joseph N. DiStefano writes.

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Inflation hikes prices for cheesesteaks, pretzels, and other Philly favorites

A Philly cheesesteak from the award-winning John’s Roast Pork just got more expensive. It will cost you $12 as of last week, up from $9.75.

The South Philly sandwich shop is hardly alone. Facing cost increases for fuel and food, and shortages of workers, distributors and local stores are jacking up prices. Inflation hit 6.2% for the 12-month period ending on Halloween, driven by new and used cars, furniture, rent, and healthcare. Those prices rose slightly less — 5.4% — in Mid-Atlantic states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The price hikes have hit some of Philly’s favorite foods and businesses. At a Philly Pretzel Factory in Delaware County, pretzels that were five for $3.75 in June are now $5.25. A Shorti hoagie at Wawa that listed for $4.39 over the summer now starts at $4.99.

Costs “have risen, in some cases rather dramatically,” a Wawa spokesperson said.

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