Anybody who drives I40 in New Mexico is familiar with Clines Corners located at the intersection of US 285 and I-40. Motorists travelling from Amarillo,TX look forward to stopping at this quaint Curio shop advertised as New Mexico’s largest gift shop and selling items only found in the southwest. Clines Corners is also home to a subway sandwich shop which is typically staffed with listless minimum wage employees.
We stopped there Friday May 25th on our way to Glenwood Springs, Colorado around 6:30 pm ready to wolf down a delicious subway club sandwich. The picture you see below is the CLOSED subway sandwich shop at 6:45 pm on Friday at a FRANCHISE located on a major interstate! There are very prominent subway advertising signs to the east, west, north, and south of Clines Corners.
Subway is no Mom and Pop store and is subject to rules and law governing franchise operations. I do understand that working for minimum wage is depressing and not a very stimulating way to spend your time, BUT subway franchise owners are still required to adhere to franchise standards. This writer called subway corporate offices to report the violation of corporate policy. I even asked a Clines Corners’ employee why the subway was closed so early. His response was a rather indignant shrug of the shoulders AND some mumbling about not enough customers. A Tripadvisor link further details the poor service and tourist trap reputation of Clines Corners. BTW, most subways are staffed with friendly, helpful employees.
Find your way to the Subway in Roswell New Mexico on 2nd and Main to see a human bird.