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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Soldiers in the mood for a grilled steak sandwich or who need to grab a magazine or disposable razor will soon have new places to get them at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is putting up a one-story building that will house an AAFES Shoppette and Camp Humphreys’ first Charley’s Steakery.

The building will be near a new barracks complex under construction on the base’s MP Hill area, said Ron Daugherty, AAFES general manager for the central and southern consolidated exchange.

“It’s a good thing because there’s a lot of soldiers and new barracks being built out there, and it’s just convenient for them to have this facility built for them,” he said.

The restaurant and shoppette could be open as early as July, he said.

Construction began in November and is set to finish in April. Once construction is finished, AAFES will train staff, stock merchandise, and look to other preliminaries before opening for business, Daugherty said.

The project costs $850,000 and the building will measure 5,100 square feet.

A decision on operating hours for the two businesses has yet to be made, he said. The eatery probably will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the shoppette from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Charley’s Steakery will have seating for about 20 and will serve grilled steak and grilled chicken sandwiches, salads and fries and will have a breakfast menu, Daugherty said.

The shoppette will sell food, health and beauty care items, books, magazines, greeting cards, DVDs, CD music and a small assortment of electronics items, among other merchandise, and will offer video rentals.


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