AAFES upgrades offer customers new services and merchandise
July 31, 2009
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - A variety of new service and facility upgrades are happening at Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) locations throughout U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI).
AAFES customers will see more than $2.2 million in improvements in the form of new fast-food facilities, renovations, new services and increased merchandise offerings.
According to Ronnie Williams, food business manager, AAFES, residents, Soldiers and civilians at Fort Shafter will soon enjoy the convenience of a new Burger King and an Anthony's Pizza.
A Burger King quick service restaurant trailer is scheduled to open Aug. 3 and will be located at the gas station on Arsenal Street, Fort Shafter. The facility will be open seven days a week and feature inside dining said Williams.
The Anthony's Pizza will be opening inside the Post Exchange (PX) Mart at Fort Shafter, although grand opening plans have not yet been announced.
Back at Schofield Barracks, renovations of the Home Center and Class 6 store have just been completed, according to Willa Gardner, sales and merchandise manager, AAFES.
The renovations included upgrading the lighting, wall decorations, carpeting and tiles.
Mattress selections have also expanded, and overall, three classes of furniture are available for purchase, said Gardner, including affordable selections for the average young family.
Additionally, an expanded selection of snack foods, wines and liquors are available in the Class 6 store.
A slew of other improvements are also planned at Schofield Barracks, according to Erika Pfauntsch, general manager, AAFES.
For example, a drive-through car wash has just entered the planning stage, and construction will commence at a date to be announced. The car wash, a service which is currently nonexsistent, here, will sit next to the Schofield Car Care Center and cost approximately $250,000 to build, Pfauntsch explained.
In addition, the existing Dominos Pizza located at the Sunset Shoppette, Schofield Barracks, will undergo a $75,000 renovation that will expand the kitchen area, "which will allow us to provide delivery service," she said.
The Schofield Car Care Center image upgrade project will begin Aug. 1. The $750,000 renovation will take four months to complete and includes sales floor and bathroom improvements, new fixtures, air conditioning upgrades and the installation of an energy-efficient lighting system.
In the same time frame, the Helemano Military Reservation shoppette will also receive a $500,000 image upgrade to include new fixtures, flooring, energy-efficient lighting and a new snack avenue with a drink and coffee bar.
A new canopy will also be added to the entrance and a new freezer will be installed to accommodate a larger selection of frozen foods.
"Upgrades of AAFES facilities provide a long-term connection with our military service members and families. Improvements are all designed to provide a bright, easily accessible, pleasant shopping environment for our customers," Pfauntsch said.