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Commissary makes layout changes

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Smith, commissary shopper, picks apples from the new produce section at the Bolling commissary April 30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandre Montes)

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Smith, commissary shopper, picks apples from the new produce section at the Bolling commissary April 30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexandre Montes)

BOLLING AFB, D.C. -- The Bolling commissary began construction April 19, replacing old refrigerators, shelves and registers to redefine its look.

The project is scheduled to be finish by the end of August and will result in an increase in products and accelerated service.

Changes began with refrigerators in the produce section and will end with new bakery cases installed by the end of August. There will also be new cash registers and self-checkout machines. "This will aid with the express lane in getting customers in and out, especially during the duty day," said Michael Madgin, commissary manger.

The meat line, dairy and deli areas will additionally undergo changes from June 26 to July 10. The changes will have an impact, albeit small, on product displays , according to the commissary staff.

"Food will still be out for sale but in limited amounts while construction continues in each section," said Mr. Madgin.

The majority of the work will be done after hours to minimize interference with customers shopping. Each installation stage should take four to seven days with refrigerators, and seven to 10 days with freezers. "I didn't even notice that there was construction going on, but it will definitely help when the self checkout is done," said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Smith, commissary shopper.

The cost of the project is approximately $4.5 million dollars and will not affect food prices. The construction cost is covered by a surcharge at the register in lieu of tax. Surcharge is part of the Department of Defense instruction 7700.18 for Nonappropriated Funds to help keep prices low and affordable for military members and dependents.

Once the new appliances have been replaced, there will be other changes to look for before the holiday season begins. In August, the swap for new registers and belts, accompanied by self-checkout registers, will begin. New dry food shelves are also scheduled to be installed. "The displays look much better and professional," said Robert Maull, commissary employee.

"It will be completely new, you won't even recognize it," Mr. Magdin said. "Construction is common on this base and it will leave the commissary with a fresh start."

For more information, call (202) 767-4696, or pick up a schedule at the front commissary entrance.