Request for Expression of Interest for the Cafe at Saanich Commonwealth Place

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Bid Title: Request for Expression of Interest for the Cafe at Saanich Commonwealth Place

Posted Date: May 24, 2019, 12:00am

Closing Date: September 10, 2019, 3:00pm

Last Modified: October 29, 2019, 9:25am

Status: Closed



The District of Saanich is seeking expressions of interest for an experienced and innovative food and beverage service provider, to manage the daily service and operation of a cafe space within the Saanich Commonwealth Place (SCP) building located at 4636 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, B.C., (the “Cafe”). 

Floor Area: +/- 622 sq.ft (see Appendix “A” floor plan and Appendix “B” pictures)

Proposed Lease Term: 5+ years with renewal options


SCP is a fully accessible facility offering registered and drop in programs for the community.  SCP is open seven days a week and offers free parking, an Olympic size swimming pool with lane swimming, leisure and tots pools, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and waterslide.  SCP also offers a weight room, multipurpose rooms, and gymnasium.

SCP hosts 40-52 aquatic events annually.  Those events range from 300-1000 in attendance.  Also included with the facility are two health service providers who provide an extensive range of services and programs, including massage, physiotherapy, and kinesiology.  Daily attendance at SCP ranges from 900-1600 drop in attendees and registered program participants. 

The existing Cafe has been in operation since 1994.  The space is located on the main floor of the building finished with tile flooring and walls, and aluminum and wood framed windows overlooking the pool area. The area includes a small office and storage room with a sink.  A folding grill track secures the space at closing and video surveillance, run by the District of Saanich, overlooks the area.  An adjacent seating area is provided and is included in the common floor area as this seating area is not for the exclusive use of the cafe tenant. Although some leasehold improvement work is anticipated, it is the intent of SCP to have as seamless transition as possible from the current operator to the successful proponent to minimize any inconvenience to the visitors and the staff.  The operator shall furnish everything needed to perform all the requirements of service including all material, labour, equipment and services.  Some restaurant chattels are owned by the District of Saanich, including a full commercial grade kitchen with cooler.  The lease will include use of these chattels.

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