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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is preparing to unveil another big-name fast-food franchise on base.

Subway is expected to replace the Robin Hood sandwich shop on the second floor of the Yokota Community Center this summer, said Flishia Bailey, the Yokota Exchange general manager. A specific date for the grand opening has not been announced.

Pizza Hut debuted a delivery-only service at Yokota last month, and AAFES will spend about $100,000 on the Subway project.

“The smells and taste of familiar name-brand fast food delivers a little slice of home wherever troops are called to serve,” Bailey said. “Beyond boosting morale, military customers tell us that they enjoy the balanced menu Subway offers.”

According to its Web site, Subway has more than 25,000 locations in 83 countries and is the world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise.

AAFES currently operates nine Subway restaurants in Iraq. It added one to the food court at Misawa Air Base in northern Japan in December.

Bailey said the franchise has been well received in those locales and she anticipates the same here.

“Troops and their families at Yokota are familiar with the Subway brand,” she said. “As a result, AAFES expects positive sales at the planned Yokota Subway.”


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