The new Marine Corps Exchange at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, shown here on opening day, Thursday, March 14, 2019, cost more than $60 million to build. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES
The new Marine Corps Exchange at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, shown here on opening day, Thursday, March 14, 2019, cost more than $60 million to build. JAMES BOLINGER/STARS AND STRIPES

Marine Corps’ newest, largest exchange store opens in Japan

by James Bolinger
Stars and Stripes

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — The largest Marine Corps Exchange in the world opened its doors here Thursday.

The project cost nearly $70 million and was designed to give the approximately 15,000 Americans living at the remote base in southern Japan a little taste of home.

Planning for the Iwakuni exchange began in 2011, and it is twice the size of the original store, which was built in the late 1980s. It boasts 89,000 square feet of retail space and will stock 65,000 products, according to a statement posted on the MCAS Iwakuni Marine Community Services website.

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