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SCHINNEN, Netherlands — The past 18 months have been no bargain for Schinnen commissary shoppers, especially around the deli counter, produce section and dairy area, where shopping cart tie-ups often developed.

But on Friday, the inconveniences will be a thing of the past for patrons once they step into the newly renovated commissary on the Emma Mine Complex in Schinnen, Netherlands. The commissary is holding a daylong celebration to mark the end of the $4.6 million project.

“People are saying how nice it is because the aisles are so wide,” said Sylvia Bowron, a spokeswoman for the garrison.

The upgrade, the first of its scale since the commissary debuted in 1976, includes a new full-service bakery and enough room to showcase more than 600 additional products.

Early in the project, officials opted against moving the commissary to a temporary facility. Instead, the store remained opened, but parts of it were cordoned off. That sometimes led to a state of flux and congestion, but Bowron said folks “took everything in stride” knowing it was temporary and for a good cause.

The celebration includes prize drawings and free food, such as hot dogs and hamburgers.

Entry forms also will be available for a grand prize drawing later in the summer. The top prize: a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.


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