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Atlanta on track to open airport proposals; city seeks more clarification on recent story

By David Pendered

Atlanta remains on schedule to open proposals from companies seeking contracts for airport concessions next week.

Meanwhile, the city on Friday requested additional clarification on a saportareport.com story that appeared Oct. 18 about the concessions bid process.

Atlanta is conducting what it says is the largest airport concessions procurement process in North American history. The city is seeking private companies to manage all of the 125 food and beverage sites at the airport, plus 27 retail shops.

The city on Sept. 2 announced a decision to reject all bids and reopen the process. The deadline for these proposals is Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

A letter signed by Deputy City Attorney Eric Richardson and sent to saportareport.com addresses four points about the Oct. 18 story. The story previously had been clarified in response to three issues raised by COO Peter Aman.

Click here to read letter from Deputy City Attorney Eric Richardson.

The first point raised by Richardson’s letter addresses the issue of the city requiring every company to submit new bids, regardless of whether its previous bid was deemed non-responsive and, thus, rejected.

Richardson’s letter notes that “Atlanta does not require anyone to submit a bid. It is entirely up to potential proponents to determine whether or not to participate in the City’s procurement process.”

The other three points, and the city’s other concerns, can be read in  the letter.

The city’s website appears to state that, on Oct. 25, Atlanta will open all proposals related to the major food and beverage packages, plus the retail shops. This part of the city’s package is targeted for major management firms.

The companies that submitted bids previously for the food and beverage packages are: SSP America; Concessions/H&H (joint venture); HMS Host; Areas; DNC THS Atlanta Partners; OTG Management; Hojeij Branded Foods, Inc.; and Greater Atlanta Concessions, LLC.

The companies that submitted proposals previously for the retail packages are The Marshal Retail Group; HMS Host/LTA Atlanta (joint venture); Hudson Group/HG-CK Atlanta (joint venture); Paradies – Atlanta II, LLC; and Pacific Gateway Concessions.

On Oct. 26, the city is slated to open proposals for a dozen other food and/or beverage locations. These packages were designed for smaller companies, an example of which is Manuel’s Tavern – a well-known gathering spot near the Carter Center.

Thirty entities, either companies or joint ventures, had submitted a total of 58 proposals for these sites, according to information the city has provided.


David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow.


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