Big changes for Commissary

by MC3 Ryan Greene
NAF Atsugi

Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s Commissary will be undergoing renovations beginning May 2015 through August 2015. These upgrades are intended to continue enhancing NAF Atsugi’s compliance with national health and safety standards.

The upgrades will occur in a four-phase process. As the renovations get underway, the commissary will go from full to half freezer and cold storage capacity. During this time, the commissary will continually stock the top 75 selling items on the shelf, with others rotating throughout the upgrades.

“This is the second time I’ve done this with a store,” said NAF Atsugi Commissary Store Manager Fredrick Fisher. “These processes are fine-tuned to make minimal impact on the customers, while also bringing them the newest and greatest in service.”

This upgrade is coming in part due to the type of Freon used within the machines. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prohibited its use beginning fiscal year 2016. As a result, these new machines will bring NAF Atsugi into full compliance with any new government and environmental standards, as well as increase storage capacity for frozen food items, and expand the commissary’s stock and supply of products.

“My real concern is that we can take care of the customer. I know that they (the customer) still have to take care of the kids, and that’s my main concern,” said Fisher. “We can order anything from Camp Zama, Sagamihara Housing, or Yokosuka and get it to our store in 24 hours. This means that if a family needs something and we don’t currently have it on our shelf, we can get it to you.”

This can be done quickly and easily by approaching the shift manager and asking to order an item not currently in stock. When the shipment arrives, the Atsugi Commissary will call the customer to let them know that the order is ready for pick-up.

The renovation process is expected to take three months during which time one-fourth of the floor space in the Commissary is expected to be under construction.

This process can often seem complex and maybe a little confusing to some, but here in Atsugi we’ve got the best team around and I’m confident that we’ll make it through this process and have a greater share of products for our customers in the future, Fisher added.

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