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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service hopes to open a new shoppette on Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern next spring, an AAFES official said Monday, but no decision has been reached on where to permanently house the retail operation after it burned down last month.

A plan to put the shoppette next to the Subway eatery was scrapped, said Jason Rosenberg, main store manager for the Ramstein Kaiserslautern Military Community Center base exchange.

“We’re not able to give up enough space to fit a 6,000-square-foot shoppette in there,” he said.

Other options being considered include using a prefabricated building, he said. “Our goal is to have a new, permanent shoppette by spring of 2012,” said Rosenberg, who spoke at a U.S. Army Garrison-Kaiserslautern town hall meeting Monday at Vogelweh.

In the interim, AAFES plans to erect a hard-shell tent by Oct. 31 to temporarily house the shoppette through the winter, Rosenberg said. That facility will be at the same location or near the current temporary facility, he said.

The shoppette was destroyed in an Aug. 22 fire that also burned a portion of the roof of the adjacent child development center.

A USAG-Kaiserslautern spokesman said no date has been set to reopen the Kleber CDC, which has been shuttered since the fire. Mark Heeter said after Monday’s town hall that testing for hazardous materials and clean-up are continuing, and water is still coming in through the roof.


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