Coun­cil scales back con­ces­sion stand at arena

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - VERON­ICA REINER

RIS­ING COSTS AND SLUMP­ING sales at the Wellesley arena con­ces­sion stand mean the town­ship will be cut­ting the op­er­a­tion. The ex­cep­tion will be dur­ing Wellesley Ap­ple­jack hockey games and mi­nor hockey tour­na­ments, with the Ju­nior C hockey club agree­ing to op­er­ate the con­ces­sion at those times.

Dis­cussing the is­sue Tues­day night, Wellesley coun­cil­lors agreed the move was nec­es­sary to curb losses, though not with­out some reser­va­tions.

“What are the im­pli­ca­tions of this agree­ment, booth be­ing closed most times, in the event that there is a par­ent group that asks that it be opened for house league games or some­thing like that?” asked Coun. Pe­ter van der Maas. “Is there room for that to oc­cur?”

“The whole in­tent is that for an hour rental, it’s not fea­si­ble eco­nom­i­cally to bring in staff to fire up ev­ery­thing just for that one rental,” said fa­cil­i­ties main­te­nance co­or­di­na­tor Dan Mikel in re­sponse. “That’s why we went with the vend­ing ma­chines. We cur­rently have a con­tract with the ven­dor, HB Vend­ing. They pro­vide healthy choices as well as tra­di­tional snack foods. Cold bev­er­ages, hot bev­er­ages, plenty of op­tions. So yes it’s a pos­si­bil­ity, but I don’t rec­om­mend it.”

The other con­di­tion of this agree­ment is that to save money in labour costs, the con­ces­sion booth would be closed the re­main­der of the rental times. Pa­trons would have ac­cess to food and bev­er­age vend­ing ma­chines lo­cated in the lobby.

The con­ces­sion booth lost $197.50 for the 2017 hockey sea­son due to the costs of stock and labour. This was be­fore the costs of over­head such as wa­ter, hy­dro, clean­ing sup­plies and train­ing were fac­tored in.

Mov­ing for­ward with the part­ner­ship, the Wellesley Ap­ple­jacks would op­er­ate the con­ces­sion booth, pro­vid­ing a 10 per cent cut that would give the town­ship enough rev­enue to cover util­ity costs.

Records in­di­cate that the av­er­age con­ces­sion sales per Wellesley Ap­ple­jacks game was ap­prox­i­mately $350, mean­ing the town­ship would gen­er­ate $35 per home game. With 21 home games, the town­ship would net $735, which would cover all util­ity costs. While the col­lab­o­ra­tion is not ex­pected to gen­er­ate any ad­di­tional rev­enue, it would cover all ex­penses while meet­ing the needs of the com­mu­nity, coun­cil­lors agreed.

The town­ship also has an agree­ment with HB Vend­ing, with their vend­ing ma­chines in both the St. Cle­ments and Wellesley are­nas. The agree­ment states 10 per cent of the sales will be given to the town­ship as pay­ment for us­ing the arena lobby space for op­er­a­tion. Staff are also con­sid­er­ing a cof­fee and hot choco­late dis­pens­ing ma­chine for the Wellesley arena to ac­com­mo­date pa­trons at­tend­ing games while the con­ces­sion booth is closed.

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