“The purpose of this concessions procurement is to enhance the flying public’s experience at Hartsfield-Jackson,” a city spokesperson said. “A reduction in competition does not serve that purpose. Thus, it is in the best interest of the city to cancel the concessions procurement at this time.”
The city said it is seeking assistance from state and federal entities to train vendors on completing the E-Verify forms.
It’s not the first time the city has canceled a concessions contracting process. In 2011, the city canceled a massive bid process that was to revamp restaurants throughout Hartsfield-Jackson and prepare for the 2012 opening of the international terminal. Forty-one of the 95 proposals submitted had problems with forms that ensure the legal status of workers. It turned out that two of the companies that later won contracts — Delaware North and Paradies Atlanta — had made errors in the first round of proposals that would have disqualified them had the city not canceled and restarted the process.