AAFES to spend $240M in Pacific
SEOUL — Army and Air Force Exchange Service customers may soon find themselves shopping at bigger and better facilities in what AAFES is calling its most ambitious construction campaign in 111 years.
AAFES plans to spend $1.1 billion worldwide over the next four years building and renovating facilities, according to a recent press release.
Of that $1.1 billion, about $240 million will go to facilities in the Pacific including Okinawa, Guam, Hawaii, Japan and South Korea.
Andersen Air Force Base on Guam is slated to receive a 181,000 square-foot shopping center complete with Post Exchange, food court and services mall.
Okinawa’s Kadena Air Base will soon be the site of a two-story shopping center, which will include a retail store, military clothing sales, a service/concession mall and a food court.
Misawa Air Base’s existing shoppette and Popeye’s restaurant will be replaced by a mini-mall, which will include a shoppette, a new Popeye’s and a dry cleaners.
AAFES plans to construct a “dual food facility” to house a Burger King and a Popeye’s at Osan Air Base in South Korea.
Yokota Air Base in Japan, will receive a new shoppette and gas station.
According to AAFES spokesman Master Sgt. Donovan Potter, the Pacific projects will be completed between 2007 and 2009.