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National Park Service Selects National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC for El Portal Market Concession Contract

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The National Park Service (NPS) has selected National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC for the concession contract to provide visitor services at the El Portal Market, located within the El Portal Administrative Site in Yosemite National Park. The 10-year contract is expected to begin on November 1, 2016, and will include grocery, retail sales, food and beverage, and related services at the El Portal Market.

“We look forward to working with National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC and developing a new partnership for the operation of El Portal Market,” stated Yosemite Superintendent Don Neubacher.

The contract will be provided to National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC for signature. Once signed it will be transmitted to the NPS Pacific West Regional Director for signature and award of the contract.

Kirstie Dunbar-Kari has operated under the existing contract since 2008, growing the business from an operation that annually grossed around $600,000 to an operation consistently grossing over $1 million since 2013. “Kirstie has been a great partner with the NPS, providing high quality services at the El Portal Market throughout her tenure” stated Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher. “We truly appreciate her work and the pride she takes in the operating the market.”

Prior to 1998, concession law provided broad rights granting preferential right of renewal to incumbent concessioners. Since 1998, with the passage of an act reforming concessions management, issuance of most concession contracts generally became subject to fair and open competition with no preferential right of renewal for the incumbent and bids are evaluated and awarded via a competitive process.

For information about National and State Park Concessions El Portal, LLC, contact Mr. Jack E. Bobo, Jr. at (772) 595-6429, extension 405, or jbobo@nspconcessions.com. Information about Yosemite National Park can be found at http://www.nps.gov/yose.
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