I am not sure why negative to paper has been poo-pooed.
But I usually do most of my photography in black and white and print my own. I think you would have to look long an hard to find a scanner capable of resolving the line pairs that Technical Pan or even TMAX 100 are capable of storing.
As for the quality of the corner 1 hour minilab it is poor. There is no question that for quality color prints, digital is more economical.