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MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Cheese-stuffed pizza crust and pan pizza will hit palates here in late April.

Pizza Hut is to replace Anthony’s Pizza in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service main base food court. Anthony’s Pizza, an AAFES-run franchise, closed Feb. 15, and renovations for Pizza Hut are under way.

The pizza eatery conversion is part of an AAFES-wide initiative to “convert in-house proprietary brands to name-brand food operations,” said Wayne Hansen, AAFES Misawa general manager.

In December, Subway replaced AAFES’ Robin Hood Sandwich Shoppe at the food court and Baskin-Robbins added more ice cream flavors.

The Misawa Pizza Hut will provide dine-in, carry-out and delivery services. AAFES will be the franchisee, meaning it must pay a royalty fee to Pizza Hut based on a percentage of sales, Hansen said. Menu choices will include different pizza crust varieties, pasta specialty dishes and salads.

Pizza Hut renovations are expected to finish around April 15, Hansen said, followed by a round of base fire, safety and health inspections. The Pizza Hut Corp. also will inspect the facility and train employees.

“We’re targeting a late April opening,” Hansen said.

Anthony’s Pizza, meanwhile, will remain open at the north area food court with expanded hours and service during the renovation period. The shop temporarily is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, with delivery service available to main base customers. The phone number is DSN 222-5000.

After Pizza Hut moves in, Hansen said, the AAFES main base beauty salon will be refurbished to increase the number of pedicure and manicure stations and remodel the entrance and seating area. The main base exchange store also will be renovated in the spring to make way for two additional cosmetic lines, Clinique and Shiseido.

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