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The new shoppette and gas station on Yokota Air Base opens Friday.

The new shoppette and gas station on Yokota Air Base opens Friday. (Grant T. Okubo / S&S)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Food, gas, wines and spirits will be available in a new way on Yokota Air Base starting Friday, when the new AAFES shoppette and liquor store opens near the Fussa Gate.

The new shoppette replaces one near the Yokota Enlisted Club. That store will close Friday.

The new facility will also house a gasoline and kerosene fueling station, making it the base’s primary source of fuel, said AAFES general manager George Ricker.

The west side gas station will close after Friday, but the east side station will keep its same hours and operation, according to Ricker.

“This shoppette is about 40 percent larger than the one it’s replacing,” Ricker said. “This is much better, a much more pleasant environment to shop in.”

The new shoppette will open at 6 a.m. Fridays and be open continuously to 11 p.m. on Sundays, according to AAFES. Alcohol will not be sold after 11 p.m. Operating hours Monday through Thursday will be 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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