YONGSAN GARRISION, South Korea — Camp Page’s commissary has been nominated as the Pacific Region’s best small store in part because it increased sales by 30 percent over the past year, officials said Thursday.
The announcement comes at the same time the store is being included on a list of potential Pacific-region commissary closures.
Department of Defense officials have listed Camp Page as one of the stores that could be shuttered if its profit figures don’t improve. Chinhae’s commissary has been ordered closed in 2004, but Navy officials are challenging that ruling.
The Camp Howze and Camp Page commissaries are on a list of stores to be monitored quarterly for financial performance.
Camp Page commissary manager Ruby Ervin said the store tallied $86,000 in sales in November, a 30.3 percent increase from 2002. That helped it earn the Defense Commissary Agency best store nomination, she said.
DECA inspection teams will visit each store in contention twice, rating them on a variety of standards. Winners will be announced in May, officials said.
Judges will examine everything from management policies and safety programs to security.
Ervin said the store will compete against other facilities that have three times as many departments. Most stores have grocery, meat and produce departments; the Page store has only one grocery department.