DNC Parks and Resorts, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, has been selected by the National Park Service as the new concessionaire for Shenandoah National Park. DNC will operate Shenandoah’s lodging, food and beverage service, gift shops, and other commercial services under a 10-year contract.
The current concessionaire, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, assumed operation of the park’s concessions in 1972 when (as ARA Services) it acquired Virginia Sky-Line Company. Shenandoah lodging includes Big Meadows, Skyland Resort, and Lewis Mountain Cabins.
DNC is expected to assume operations in Shenandoah on January 1, 2013. Earlier this year, DNC won the NPS contract to operate another ARAMARK concession, Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park.
DNC also is the concessionaire for Wuksachi Lodge in Sequoia National Park and for commercial services in Yosemite National Park. The Yosemite contract is currently being operated by DNC under a three-year extension.
DNC also has commercial operations in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Canyon National Park, although lodging in those two parks is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts. DNC does own some lodging properties outside of Yellowstone.