Vendors Sought for St. Louis Riverfront
Gateway Arch Partners Seek to Make the Riverfront an Active, Vibrant Destination
Looking to sell unique merchandise, souvenirs and gifts, or a tasty menu of food and beverage offerings in an area where 2.5 million people visit each year? Or maybe you want to rent out recreational equipment or run programs and experiences like tours? Vendors are currently being sought to enhance and enliven the St. Louis Riverfront underneath the Gateway Arch.
A request for proposals is now available for entities wishing to have a seasonal presence on the St. Louis Riverfront from mid-May to mid-August 2019. Ten dedicated spaces are available on Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard below the Gateway Arch.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Gateway Arch partners are seeking diverse and creative entities, including but not limited to: vendors for food, beverages, souvenirs, merchandise, recreation and equipment rentals. Interested parties could be businesses, non-profit organizations or other entities that wish to activate the space. Collaborations are encouraged; parties may want to join forces to rotate a variety of offerings through one space or combine efforts to make staffing possible.
An optional pre-bid meeting will be held January 25, 2019, on the riverfront from 2:30 to 4 p.m., followed by an optional tour of the site.
Responses are due February 22, 2019. Bidders can request one or two spots for one year, with the option to renew one or two more years without re-bidding (subject to the committee’s approval). Full details, including measurements, specifics about lighting and electricity, and the full permitting process are available in the RFP, posted on the City’s website:
NEWLY RENOVATED RIVERFRONT
On the renovated St. Louis riverfront, ramps on the east slopes of the Gateway Arch National Park provide accessible routes from the Gateway Arch all the way to the cobblestone levee, where it greets the Mississippi Greenway, Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and the mighty Mississippi River. The 1.5-mile area has been raised to reduce flooding and allow for residents and visitors alike to visit the front door to the region.
The Riverboats at the Gateway Arch and Gateway Helicopter Tours are located on the Mississippi River below the Arch.