If you’re feeling peckish while taking in some hockey at the Wellesley Arena, you can expect to see some new faces behind the counter at the concession stand in the next couple of weeks. The longtime provider of the service, the Wellesley Board of Trade, says it can no longer make a go of it.
Citing difficulties finding reliable volunteers and staff, the organization has informed the township it will cease running the food stand Oct. 8, although the operation has provided funds for a variety of community projects.
The variability in service levels has led, at times, to negative feedback for the board of trade and the township in general, said president Jeff Quint.
In response, the township is now advertising for individuals, community groups or businesses who wish to take on the task, as well as the opportunity for revenue if it’s run efficiently, recreation director Brad Voisin told Wellesley councillors meeting Tuesday night.
“Several people have already expressed interest in taking it on, but it will be open to everyone.”
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Those looking to take on the operation may contact Voisin directly, and must be prepared to present a proposal to the council as to how they would like to run the concession stand, including details about the hours it remain open.
With the board of trade’s withdrawal date looming, Voisin said that it will remain open for the Wellesley Applejacks’ home opening game on Oct. 3. He is looking to hire temporary staff for minor hockey games until a permanent solution is found.