The Subway sandwich franchise that has been rising alongside the new World Trade Center for the past 18 months, has closed. According to Crain's, the highest point on the tower right now—the 90th floor—is too narrow to accommodate the sandwich shop, so logistics forced it to close.
They didn't exactly have great sales either. To break even with operating costs, the Subway would have had to sell 200 sandwiches a day. This location sold around 90. Still DCM Erectors, who built the shop so iron workers could have lunch without taking the time-consuming trip down to the street, calls the experiment a success—even though they had to cover $500,000 to construct the thing and $180,000 in losses to the franchisee. In fact, they may hoist the restaurant up to the building's roof when it hits 105 stories to feed workers while they install the antenna.
As Crain's points out, there is one bonus of having such an extreme location: they always know when the health inspector is coming.
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