Aramark warns of potential layoffs at Camden Yards

Aramark is warning state regulators that it will lay off 613 employees next month if its contract to sell food and merchandise at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is not renewed.

The company, which provides services at a dozen ballparks in North America, issued a similar warning last October before its contract in Baltimore was extended for another year. It gave Oct. 13 as the potential layoff date this year, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Tuesday.

Orioles spokeswoman Monica Barlow said she can't comment on when the organization will make a decision. But if the Orioles switch providers, most if not all of the Aramark employees would likely be offered jobs by the new contractor, she said.

The Orioles have contracted with Aramark since the stadium opened in 1992. The company runs the ballpark's concessions, in-house catering and team store. Its food services extend beyond games to wedding receptions, corporate events and holiday parties held at Camden Yards.

"We hope to continue to provide an outstanding experience for the Orioles and their fans," said David Freireich, a spokesman for Aramark.

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