Six bidders have expressed interest in running the cafeteria at El Paso County's Citizens Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road.
They include: Premier Services of Englewood; Compass Group of Charlotte, N.C., and four bidders from Colorado Springs: AspenPointe Enterprises, Goodwill Industries, The Daily Grind and Plaza Delicatessen.
These are the companies and agencies who sent representatives to a pre-bid conference on June 28. Bids are under evaluation.
According to bid documents, the county is seeking a cafeteria provider to "offer breakfast, lunch, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages" at the center under a contract for this year with five annual renewal options. The contract comes with a vending machine deal and optional, but not exclusive, catering service.
As we reported earlier, the cafeteria will have a captive audience in the county's roughly 1,000 employees who will work at the center — some already are there — plus an estimated 2,000 daily visitors, along with about 300 Everest College workers within walking distance. "Other clientele may include employees from other nearby area businesses," the county's bid notice states.