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Second convenience store opens on Andersen

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  • By Senior Airman Angelique Smythe
  • The Pacific Edge
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service recently opened a Shoppette/Class Six on Andersen to provide customers the opportunity to purchase necessities within only one stop.

"It has a little of everything, including an assortment of stationery, books, magazines, and health and beauty aids," said Mr. Roy Punzalan, facility manager.

The new shoppette includes a gas station, car wash, and it is closer to the base housing complex.

One customer who lives in the base housing area said the new shoppette is very helpful.

"It's nice to have it close to the front gate so if you forget anything on your way home, it's convenient to stop there," said Mrs. Nancy Kersh, wife of Col. Kevin Kersh, 36th Contingency Response Group commander. "However, I think the old one has the advantage of being closer to some of the dorms; and that's a big factor for those people who live there."

In consideration to those who live in the dormitories or temporary lodging facility, the older shoppette will remain open.

"We'll still keep the old one because it's still needed," said Mr. Punzalan.

The new shoppette is open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., which is one hour later than the older shoppette that closes at midnight.

"We're also working on providing 24-hour fueling so that between the hours of 1 and 6 a.m. our customers will be able to use credit or charge cards to gas up." said Mr. Punzalan. "We're hoping to provide that within the next month."

A grand opening ceremony for the new shoppette took place Thursday.

It offered attendants free food, a wine tasting, and giveaways.

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