FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - A unique shoping experience is located here.

The PXMarket serves as a hybrid store designed to service the Fort Shafter community's specific needs.

Run by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, the facility provides residents a modestly sized, on post-facility that offers a variety of shopping opportunities.

The PXMarket opened in 2002 with a special purpose. When the Shafter commissary was scheduled for closure and AAFES only had a shoppette, the PXMarket was designed to fill the void and provide residents with a grocery and retail store on Fort Shafter.

Like a traditional commissary, the PXMarket carries fresh produce, meat and a large assortment of dry, chilled and frozen products. Also a deli and a fresh fish department are available, as well as a Class VI section with spirits, wine and other beverages.

While shopping, customers can also take advantage of their immediate food and beverage needs at Subway, Snack Avenue or Starbucks.

The PXMarket offers a wide range of retail merchandise, though not the same selection as patrons will find in a Main Exchange, but the PXMarket is a great source for finding basic needs like sundries, linens, cleaning supplies books, music and electronics.

The store has a Military Clothing Store, Beauty Shop and an Information, Ticketing and Registration, or ITR, office. The adjacent service station was recently joined by a Burger King trailer in August of 2009.

The AAFES PXMarket has recently added sporting goods and hardware materials, too, plus increased its selection of cleaning supplies.

A toy aisle is planned.

A deli provides customers with a wide assortment of fresh meats at competitive prices, in addition to an assortment of fish, fresh fruits and vegetables.

At the same time, the Tripler Army Medical Center AAFES shoppette has increased its store hours from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The TAMC Snack Bar will undergo renovations from Feb. 1-15; however, during the renovation, the Tripler shoppette will offer additional food items such as rotisserie chicken and sandwiches.

Customers can provide feedback about all these new experiences at any AAFES Customer Suggestion Box, located at the PXMarket and shoppettes.