Ramstein Commissary construction meets major milestone

by Leslie Brown
Defense Commissary Agency-Europe Public Affairs

The Ramstein Commissary will meet a major milestone in the renovation process when it closes its doors Nov. 5 and begins the move to the temporary commissary facility.

“This is a big step for this project,” said Miguel Garcia, Defense Commissary Agency-Europe chief engineer. “The move to the temporary facility allows the contractors to move to the next major phase — refurbishing the existing facility.”

The Ramstein Commissary will be closed from Nov. 5 to 7 to facilitate the move from the current building to the temporary facility next door. It will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 8 for early bird shopping.

“When customers visit the store after the move, they will enter through a new main entrance and find the new produce and bakery/deli areas,” Garcia said. “They will enter the main shopping area through one of two doors that connect the new addition to the temporary facility.”

The new produce area and deli/bakery will give shoppers a sneak peak of what’s to come when the entire commissary is completed in late summer/early fall 2013.
Once completed, the newly renovated facility will have a total sales floor space of nearly 45,000 square feet in comparison to 32,500 square feet in the current facility.

While the commissary is operating in the temporary facility, there will be 35,700 square feet of sales area, which is a slight increase to what is available now. Although warehouse space will be at a premium during the renovation, Ramstein store director Harry Nichols has made adjustments to store delivery schedules to compensate. 

“With the additional shelf space in the store, the customers will not notice a change,” Nichols said. “Even though the store is under renovation we will continue to provide the service and complete assortment that our customers have come to expect.”