Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Concession Bidders Told to Pen Their Offers Over Christmas

   Got a look today at the bid specs for the Fairgrounds concession stand.  I ask for a copy as a business owner.
    It's a $9500 minimum bid for a 16 month gig and $7500 for annual renewals after that. The vendor would also have to equip the facility for the most part and meet other stipulations, like insurances, references, financial records, proposed menus and more. And the contract can be terminated on a moments notice.
     There's a lot of risk, given the up front costs for equipment. But if you get in, the new facility could prove to be a busy place. In the end it would be a rather subjective decision, especially if no one offered the amount asked.
      We will see what happens. Bids are to be opened January 6th, with the Arena open on or about March 1.  
        Council voted to farm the concession out on recommendation of staff. 
       
    
    

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's a joke, right?
It's a bad idea for the city to be in the concession business because government doesn't do anything right. So the city fails even more so, by proposing a ridiculous bid. Why not have a professional with expertise in this area of business specify the bid? Or check with other concession stands to see how they do it? Who would take that bid, other than an inexperienced person with poor judgment?

Anonymous said...

Wow, who came up with those numbers?? I would suppose now that those figures came out those who may have had interest will run for cover. That whole scheme down there is turning into a joke.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can get whoever takes this offer to run the dog park as a bonus.

Anonymous said...

Can't imagine what kind of product would be available for that. Certainly nothing that would match consumer expectations.

Anonymous said...

Another joke by our wonderful Parks and Rec super.

Anonymous said...

That's a steep fee considering vendors have to supply their own equipment. This concession stand has been regulated to death before it even begins. Maybe if they bring back the semi-pro hockey and give the business the rights to alcohol sales.

Prediction no legitimate bids be placed. Only a sucker would want a piece of that action.

Anonymous said...

You built a $10+ million gold-plated arena and not are bidding to add a sytrofoam concession stand.

As a bar owner, do these #'s make sense to you?

Make you can get a refugee to run it for that if you throw in an affordable housing unit.

Truly disappointing... and sad

Anonymous said...

As usual, the tail wags the dog.

Anonymous said...

Will Michelle Obama be stipulating the menu?

Anonymous said...

If the stand is truly worth what this asking price is...don't farm it out. But, it is fairly common knowledge that this LOST money hence the reason for the "bidding." Yikes is all I can say. No one in their right mine will want this. Another case of City "fundraising" through events at the Fairgrounds. Time to make Parks and Recs independent of the city.