Sun., 5:28pm: Niles Wellness Center vendor contract brings in more for the city

NILES — Six months following the bidding process for the Mayor Ralph A. Infante Wellness Center concession stand, the city is seeing positive returns in revenue.

Pat Rickard won the bid in November and her business, Riccardos, is beginning to catch on among visitors to the Wellness Center and has even begun a carryout service.

The concession stand sparked controversy last year when then operator Louis Hillier brought in slightly more than $800 in a year, a figure City Council called unacceptable. Hillier was awarded a no-bid contract after talks with McDonalds failed to materialize.

In figures provided to the Tribune Chronicle from city auditor Charles Nader, Rickard paid $2,250 to Niles from November, when she took control, through March.

For the complete story, see Monday’s print edition of the Tribune Chronicle.