Glenmore Visitor Centre café business entices new interest

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Forestry Commission Scotland is inviting expressions of interest from businesses interested in supplying a catering service for visitors to the Glenmore Visitor Centre.

The opportunity to operate the fitted café within the Glenmore Visitor Centre is available for a 5 year term (with annual break points after two years) starting prior to Easter 2014.

A briefing day for potential bidders is planned for 29th November before the open tender exercise to find out more about the opportunity, and to help with the application process.

Brian Duff for the Commission’s team in Inverness, Ross & Skye said:

“The previous operator has had a good run over the past three years and we’ve had a very good relationship with them. They’ve decided they now want to focus on other business opportunities and we wish them every success with their new ventures.

“We are hoping to be able to continue to provide an information service at the centre over the winter months while the shop and café parts of the building will undergo a refit and redecoration. Christmas trees will still be available to purchase.

“The work will all be completed by spring 2014 so we’re looking for someone to step in to fresh premises and take on the catering business in time to open for Easter next year.

“We’ve already acquired the cafe equipment and this could be a great opportunity for someone looking to start-up a new business.”

The refit of the Glenmore Visitor Centre is part of the Commission’s ongoing work to meet the requirements of visitors to the area, as highlighted in a year long survey in 2011. The Commission’s team is now majoring on providing information on Glenmore and the wider Cairngorms National Park – and follows on from the installation of new way marking, information and interpretation panels on site, as well as new signage and leaflets.

Although the gift shop at the visitor centre will remain open until Christmas, there will be no catering at all from now until Easter 2014, when the refitted café unit will be open for business.

Until then, visitors looking for refreshments will be directed to the Glenmore shop, the Glenmore Lodge café and to Cairngorm Mountain and Rothiemurchus estate.

To note interest or reserve a place at the briefing day please contact Brian Duff by 25th November 2013 at or on 01479 861711.

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