Historic business opportunities in Grand Canyon; $1.5 billion possible revenue

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GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – Grand Canyon National Park has announced the availability of two business opportunities in the park, providing lodging, food services, grocery stores, retail, transportation, mule rides, an RV campground, a service station and other services on the South Rim.

The contracts are currently available to view online; hard copies can be obtained by contacting Jennifer Parker at 303-969-2661. Parties interested in visiting the area to become familiar with the physical conditions and limitations of this business opportunity should contact Laura Shearin, Grand Canyon National Park concessions specialist, to register for a site visit on Aug. 28 or 29.

All interested parties are encouraged to apply and submit a responsive proposal to these contracts. Proposals must be received by the NPS Intermountain Regional Office by Nov. 25.

The services that will be provided under the two new contracts encompass the majority of commercial visitor services on the South Rim and include services currently provided under concession contracts by Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. and Delaware North Companies at the South Rim, Inc. The new 15-year contracts implement changes to the alignment of services historically provided under the old contracts.

The new historic lodging and hospitality contract (CC-GRCA001-15) will include lodging, retail and food service in the historic Grand Canyon Village including the El Tovar, Bright Angel, Thunderbird, Kachina and Maswik Lodges and Phantom Ranch, as well as retail and food service at Hermits Rest. It will also continue to include transportation services such as bus tours, taxi service and mule rides.

This contract will also introduce mobile food trucks to improve food selection and availability at peak visitation times and locations, as well as valet parking at El Tovar to facilitate parking for guests. The new concessioner will replace the outdated Maswik south lodge units with a more modern and environmentally sustainable lodging facility and renovate the historic motor lodge cabins near Maswik to return them to their original use as lodging.

The new general stores and hospitality contract (CC-GRCA003-15) will include grocery, food service and retail stores at the Grand Canyon Village Market, lodging, retail and food services at Yavapai Lodge, retail, food services, grocery and a service station at Desert View, operation of the public laundromat and showers known as camper services; and operation of the Trailer Village RV campground. The new concessioner for the general stores and hospitality operation will also redesign the Yavapai cafeteria menu and provide new, quick food service at camper services.

The historic Watchtower, which is currently operated as a gift shop, will be transferred to the National Park Service and remain open to the public.

In addition to the services and changes already described, these contracts invite all bidders to propose a new commercial use for the Powerhouse building, a National Historic Landmark structure located near the railroad within the Grand Canyon Village Historic District. The NPS will consider such proposals separately from the proposals for the main contracts.

These contracts are two of the largest in the NPS, with combined gross revenues of approximately $100 million per year, 951 guest rooms, 13 restaurants and bars with over 1,600 seats, 13 gift shops, two grocery stores, an RV campground with 70 sites and more facilities. Over the 15-year term of the contracts, the successful bidders’ combined gross revenue could be approximately $1.5 billion.

Submitted by: Grand Canyon National Park
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