The City of Helsinki leases out ice cream and grill kiosk spots in public areas to companies. Photo: City of Helsinki Media Bank / Lauri Hänninen.

Competitive tendering of Helsinki kiosk spots for 2022–2029 starts at the beginning of November

The competitive tendering of the lease agreements for kiosk spots located in public areas of the City of Helsinki will begin on Monday, 1 November. The competitive tendering will include 33 grill and ice cream kiosk spots for the rental period 2022–2029. Companies can participate in the tendering of the kiosk spots at an online auction open to all.

The City of Helsinki Urban Environment Committee has decided to tender out 33 kiosk spots located in public street and park areas. Kiosk spots available for rent are located all over the city, and they will be leased for the agreement period 2022–2029. The lease agreement only entitles the lessee to use the land area and does not include a kiosk building. The lessee is responsible for bringing a kiosk to the spot.

In total, 9 grill kiosk spots and 24 ice cream kiosk spots will be put out to tender. The current lease agreements of the kiosk spots are valid until the end of 2021.

The Urban Environment Committee’s decision to tender out the kiosk spots aims to ensure that all kiosk entrepreneurs are treated equally. The competitive tendering also gives new operators the possibility to access the market.

Tendering will take place by auction

The City will lease the kiosk spots based on bids made at an online auction. The auctions for all spots will take place between 1 and 15 November 2021. The auctions for each of the spots will close at different times on 15 November.

The spots have been divided into three different zones: the city centre, inner city and other city areas. The final rent for each of the kiosk spots will be based on the minimum rent defined for each zone and the bids made at the auction.

Each bidder may win up to five of the leased kiosk spots. Bids will be made on the Huutokaupat.com platform. The kiosk spots available for rent and the lease terms will be presented at the beginning of the tendering process on 1 November 2021 on the Huutokaupat.com website and on the City of Helsinki website.

This is the first time that the City of Helsinki will utilise an online auction for the competitive tendering of kiosk spots. The auction is an open and transparent way for everyone to participate in the tendering, as the highest bid is displayed on the platform in real time.

Helsinki also offers a variety of other opportunities for kiosk entrepreneurs

In addition to the kiosk spots leased in the tendering process, the City of Helsinki also offers other opportunities for kiosk entrepreneurs.

Food trucks are one example of the different forms of kiosk entrepreneurship. They do not have their own, permanent sales spots, but either have specific city centre sales spots at their disposal or can sell their products more freely outside the city centre. Movable kiosks pay a fixed fee based either on an annual or on a monthly contract.

The City also leases out kiosks at outdoor swimming pools, beaches and sports facilities as well as cafés and kiosks at libraries and other cultural facilities. More information is available from the Culture and Leisure Division. The City also leases out its own business premises, including kiosks, for the use of companies.

Entrepreneurs can enquire about matters related to the kiosk spot tendering by e-mail at ulkoilma@hel.fi.

Photo: City of Helsinki Media Bank / Lauri Hänninen.