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A commissary in which you need a GPS device to find the tomatoes?

Not quite — but close: After a one-day overhaul next week, the Sagamihara Family Housing Area commissary will have maps and other tools to help customers navigate the store’s new terrain.

As part of a bigger spring renovation, the commissary will close its doors Tuesday to let suppliers, vendors and employees remove and replace the entire inventory, said commissary director Efren Metrillo. The goal: Make more room for the items people want and get rid of some of the items they don’t.

“This gives us a chance to see which items the customers want all the time,” he said.

Some of the changes will include more room for organic and healthy foods, more bottled water and an Asian food section to meet needs of the base’s Asian customers.

But the good old American staples will remain, Metrillo said: “We’re trying to mirror what is in the U.S.”

Because the changes will mean a completely new arrangement of foods and shopping patterns, Metrillo plans to have maps and guides to help shoppers find items that have moved when the doors reopen Wednesday.

The change is the first part in a bigger renovation. During May, crews will repaint, redecorate and replace the lighting. Those renovations will take place after hours so the store won’t have to close, Metrillo said.

In early June, the store will hold its major grand opening with prizes and give-aways.

The store has had a little practice recently with giveaways, Metrillo added: On April 14, a customer who won a three-minute shopping spree walked away with $1,700 worth of goodies.


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