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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Camp Humphreys is slated for a big new PX nearly five times the size of its current exchange.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service officials also plan a mega food court in the same building, said George B. Ricker, AAFES general manager at Humphreys.

The project is expected to run about $65 million.

And good news for those snowy Korean shopping days: an underground garage with 1,200 parking spaces is also planned, Ricker said.

It will serve customers of both the exchange and the new commissary that’s eventually to be built on post.

The construction timetable for those and other AAFES projects is still to be determined, Ricker said.

Camp Humphreys is set to become the U.S. military’s premier installation in South Korea in coming years.

It’s tripling in size onto a large tract of land set aside for the expansion.

The new AAFES PX will have 340,000 square feet of space, housing additional services such as a military clothing sales store.

There also could be a pharmacy, an eye care center and a furniture store geared to families, Ricker said.

That family focus reflects major demographic and other changes under way at Humphreys, he said.

For years, the post has mainly been home to single soldiers who served one-year tours.

But the soldier population alone is expected to go up 500 percent, said Ricker, with the family population set to grow 900 percent, he said.

He said AAFES faces the challenge of adapting to the changing demographics.

Another key AAFES project is a gas station and mini-mall in the Zoeckler Station area of post.

The mini-mall would cater mainly to troops and would probably have a retail shopette, barber shop, laundry and dry cleaning service, and one or two eateries, Ricker said.

Also planned for Humphreys is a $58 million AAFES bakery distribution center that would measure more than 500,000 square feet.

The single building would replace the existing 13-building bakery operation at Camp Market.

The center provides baked goods for the U.S. military South Korea-wide, said Ricker, including dining halls, commissaries, shopettes, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools.


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