MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The company that's been running the Jordan Pond House Restaurant and a pair of gift shops inside Acadia National Park for decades is losing its contract to a New Mexico Company.
On Monday, park officials announced they had awarded the new 10 year contract to Dawnland LLC. That company will now run the restaurant and gift shop at Jordan Pond House, as well as the gift shops atop Cadillac Mountain and at Thunder Hole.
Acadia Corporation, which has been running those operations for the past 80 years, lost the new contract through a competitive bidding process. Acadia Corporation President David Woodside says this will likely mean his company will have to eliminate 8 to 10 administrative positions. Woodside said about 120 employees worked at the facilities inside the park, and Dawnland LLC has expressed interest in hiring from that group.
"We obviously think we could do a better job and have done a better job and we've had wonderful evaluations over the years," said Woodside. "The economy of the whole state will be impacted."
According to Woodside, the new contract that the National Park Service has with Dawnland doesn't take effect until March and has a 60 day review by Congress.
Dawnland LLC is a subsidiary of Ortega National Parks which operates concessions at several other national sites including Carlsbad Caverns, Death Valley, and Gateway National Recreation Area.