EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA, UNITED STATES
Story by Giancarlo Casem
The 412th Test Wing, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Avenue C and Air Force Research Laboratory-Detachment 7 partnered recently to open a new “micro-market” on Edwards Air Force Base, California, Jan. 17.
The new micro-market at the AFRL-Det. 7 complex allows the base population who work at the site to have access to food services, said John Wayne Anderson, AAFES Edwards General Manager.
“The goal of partnering with Avenue C was to give the population at AFRL a permanent solution for food services that is open 24hours a day, seven days a week,” Anderson said.
AFRL’s remote location has been an issue in the past when it comes to providing permanent food solutions, the last one, a pizza restaurant, left in 2017, Anderson added. The micro-market functions through a self-serve kiosk operated by Avenue C, the nation’s largest automated merchandising company, according to their website.
Through the kiosk, customers can also create a personalized account to store funds or also use their credit cards or cash to purchase items. Getting the new micro-market into AFRL was a six-month-long journey and is a sign of AAFES commitment to Edwards AFB personnel, Anderson said.
“We go where you go to improve the quality of your lives through goods and services we provide,” he said.