Ramstein Commissary plans Nov. 15 soft opening

Information courtesy of Defense Commissary Agency news release

A newly renovated commissary is scheduled to open its doors in a soft opening Nov. 15 on Ramstein that will include a wide range of improvements designed to make every shopping trip a pleasant one.

In the meantime, the commissary will be closed Monday through Thursday to finish last-minute preparations in time for early bird shopping beginning at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 15.

The renovated commissary, which has been under construction since late fall 2012, is an expansive, modern facility featuring produce, meat and grocery departments; an international delicatessen and bakery; fresh sandwiches to go; rotisserie chicken; salad bar; 13 regular and 12 self-checkouts with an in-line customer service desk; and a stock assortment of more than 12,000 items.

Customers will notice several improvements following the extensive $43.5 million renovation paid by surcharge funds. Some of the features include expanded square footage for wider aisles and more checkouts, as well as refrigeration, lighting and climate control systems upgrades to increase the store’s energy efficiency.

“Our entire team is excited for this day to finally arrive,” said commissary store director Harry
Nichols. “I’m certain our customers will feel the same when they walk in and see the expanded aisles and
added checkout lanes.  Also, the energy efficiency upgrades we’ve made to make it an environmentally
friendly facility are an added bonus.”

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place early next year. During next week’s commissary closure, the Vogelweh Commissary will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, and 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The Ramstein store averages more than 100,000 customers a month and serves a customer base of more than 25,000 authorized shoppers.