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AAFES Store to Open in Rhode Island 

NORTH KINGSTOWN- The Department of Defense's oldest and largest general retailer is setting up shop at Rhode Island National Guard Air Base, Quonset Point.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) will celebrate a Grand Opening this Saturday June 6th, at 8:00 a.m. to open a small convenience store. The Shoppette will be offering a variety of snacks, cold beverages as well as health and beauty items in addition to commonly needed military uniform items. There will also be a Class Six section of the store that will provide a range of liquor products.

Because AAFES has a dual mission to provide quality merchandise and services to authorized exchange shoppers and generate earnings which provide a dividend to support Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs, the future growth of the exchange will be directly proportional to customer demand.

"We have high hopes for the Rhode Island National Guard Air Base exchange," said AAFES' Chief of Corporate Communications Lt. Col. William Thurmond. "This facility is not just for those drilling or working at the base, it's also for the retiree, Reserve and Guard Families who live around the installation. Their support will be critical to the future success of the exchange benefit in Rhode Island."

The Shoppette/Class Six at Rhode Island National Guard Air Base will be open Tues. through Sat. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Extended weekend hours will be implemented during drill weekends with the exchange staying open 7:30 a.m. to5:30 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays.