By Tech Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
As the Schriever housing community expands, so will the need for support for the families living there.
That’s why the base shoppette has begun expanding its stock, hiring more personnel and expanding store hours to accommodate the growing community.
“We are currently modifying the items carried to better reflect the change in customer demographics at Schriever,” said Ron Corona, Colorado Springs retail business manager for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. “With the opening of housing units, we have added bacon, eggs, lunch meats, cooking and baking goods, and a greater variety of items like breads and chips.”
Corona also said the shoppette has increased the size on previously carried items such as milk and cereal.
Since there aren’t any grocery stores in the immediate area, families will rely on the shoppette to provide essential last minute or items they may have forgotten while shopping at larger stores.
Adam Gray, 50th Force Support Squadron, and his wife, Airman 1st Class Angela Gray, Air Force Space Command Detachment 46, are expecting their first child in May, and are glad to have the convenience so close.
“We moved to Schriever knowing we would have to drive a bit to get to the grocery store,” Gray said. “It’s nice to have those emergency items so close by, just in case.”
In addition to expanding stocked items, the work force is expanding as well.
“We have a whole new team on the ground serving the Schriever community,” said Corona. “We feel confident that we have the right staff members in place to continue improving operations.”
Those operations include extending store hours to meet the needs arising when one is asked to pick up a loaf of bread on the way home.
Once the current staff has been thoroughly trained, store hours are tentatively scheduled for Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While the shoppette is closed on Sundays, Corona said as time goes on, they will work with the 50th Force Support Squadron to reassess and adjust hours of operation based on customer feedback.
“The shoppette and AAFES is committed to providing the best customer service to the Schriever population,” said Thea Wasche, 50th Force Support Squadron director. “AAFES will conduct a Schriever specific survey for the base population and we ask for people to provide suggestions on how AAFES can better serve them.”
Corona said families should interact with shoppette staff to suggest improvement areas or items needed.
“Our assessment will be ongoing as our retail business is ever changing,” Corona said. “As more families reside at Schriever, that will result in more changes such as hours of operation and carrying more of certain items to help meet the demand. If you want it, we’ll get it.”