Back in March Noah Vernau wrote an article titled Needed: Public Loo Downtown in the Roswell Daily Record. Mr. Vernau was writing about the demand for a central public restroom and the burden of not having such a facility placed on local merchants. I believe it was disclosed in this RDR article that a public bathroom would cost circa $100,000 to build and maintain.
Today the RDR column Michael’s Monthly informs us that a Subway Sandwich Shop will open at 200 N. Main at the location that formerly housed a Denny’s. A point of fact is that location was last a Denny’s around 7 years ago. It was more recently Cover Up Cafe and even more recently GOP/Republican headquarters for Chaves County. As the City Planner of Roswell, one would expect Michael Vickers to be be more current on the occupancy of the buildings in the city he manages. Remember, Mr Vickers, that newspapers are sometimes source documents for history books. Either you did not know the aforementioned or you intentionally did not disclose what some may view as embarrassing facts.
So I guess we should be grateful to Subway for saving the city of Roswell the cost of building a public restroom and local business owners can herd all the shoppers with distended bladders over to Subway. I don’t think Subway is one of those establishments that expects you to purchase something in order to be allowed to piss in their restrooms. If so, they will have considerable problem trying to enforce that rule in Roswell, New Mexico because their centrally located sandwich shop will become the de facto public bathroom! The opening of this Subway will be a blessing on a Main Street which is chock-a-block with Mom and Pop operations who are reluctant to let shoppers and tourists use their restrooms.
BTW Roswell does not have a single Quiznos Sandwich Shop and this will be the fourth Subway. Comon Quiznos, take a chance in the UFO city!