Now that’s a drive-thru.
Concession stands at highway rest stops were such a success last year, the provincial government has decided to expand the service this year.
It is currently seeking private operators to run portable concessions at 40 high-traffic rest stops, including Cluculz Creek, Mount Terry Fox and Slim Creek on Highway 16, as well as Wire Cache on Highway 5 south of Tete Jaune Cache.
“It’s a case of an entrepreneur providing some concessionary services at a rest stop and in return for that the province gets a bit of a payment,” said Pat Bell, Prince George-North MLA.
The government found during pilot projects last year that the remote food stops “enhance service and encourage drivers to take more frequent rest stops,” said a Transportation Ministry official.
The province put out 44 requests for proposals in March 2003 to operate concessions offering food, non-alcoholic beverages and other snacks. They received 28 proposals and ultimately awarded nine contracts.
Officials could not say exactly how much money the province earned from the contracts last year.
The government spends $4 million annually maintaining the province’s highway rest stops.