ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's not just the Emmys and the exposure. 'Breaking Bad' has been pretty good to Albuquerque's economy. As the show says goodbye starting Sunday night, the city says goodbye to a cash cow.
Staff at the Octopus Car Wash near Menaul and Eubank say they've seen the location's business rise, thanks to "Breaking Bad." They've had customers travel from far and wide just to get their car washed.
"One customer traveled all the way from Minnesota to get his car washed here," said Chris Castillo, a staff member at Octopus Car Wash. "He was like, 'Don't worry about vacuuming or nothing, I just wanted to come because I saw it on 'Breaking Bad.' "
From the Crossroads Motel to the Dog House Drive In, the series has driven in business. In Old Town, The Candy Lady cashed in on the craze, selling Breaking Bad Candy that looks like meth. Fans of the show haven't been the only ones shelling out cash over the years.
Albuquerque's Economic Development Office says the production spent about $1 million an episode in the city. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, that's between $60 million to $70 million on goods, services and wages spent here in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Film Office issued a statement to KRQE News 13 saying that, "Having such a successful television series like 'Breaking Bad' has been a tremendous boon to our state. It's been great in terms of hiring, spending and increasing our profile around the country to attract more television in addition to tourism."
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