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AAFES employees work to get the new kids court open and ready for customers at the new Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 3, 2009. The food court, and concessions are part of the phase II openings in the KMCC scheduled to open 15 August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Pierce)
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Phase II of KMCC set to open

Posted 8/5/2009   Updated 8/5/2009 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Michael Voss
Ramstein Public Affairs

8/5/2009 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Just over a month ago during the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center first stage of opening, base officials opened the doors of several 86th Services Squadron facilities -- Ramstein Inn's Visitor's Quarters, Outdoor Recreation, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Ramstein Tickets and Tours, the Sports Lounge, as well as a Shoppette, Wasgau German bakery, and the "Window to Rheinland Pfalz" information center. 

Now final preparations are being made for the phase two opening of the food court, more than 25 permanent and 15 roving concessionaries, the four-plex movie theater and credit unions, scheduled for August 15. 

This is no small feat, opening more than 844,000 square foot of base exchange including shopping, entertainment and dining options. More than 90 workers from electricians and contractors to 65 venders and numerous other food service workers have worked for months getting everything ready for their first customers. 

"This is the largest AAFES facility in the world. We know it is going to be a destination for customer all throughout Europe," said Stephanie Burns, KMCC Army and Air Force 
Exchange Service manager. "We expect a large turnout of patrons excited to see our new shops, and they will not be disappointed." 

The KMCC food court will feature all the amenities Ramstein BX patrons have come to expect as well as a Captain D's Seafood Kitchen, Manchu Wok Chinese cuisine, Hofbräu Haus and Johnny Rockets American style restaurant. 

"I am truly ecstatic for this day to finally come; I have seen the KMCC from the ground break to seeing it open," said Mike Sitrin, KMCC Food Court manager. 

In addition to shops that are currently available at the local exchanges, the facility will host several concept shops including The Body Shop, Swarovski Crystal, SIB featuring Oakley, Polish Pottery, an extended day spa and more. 

"More than 100 people will be working here next week," said KMCC Services' Business Manager, Kim Sanders. 

And of course, what many members of the KMC are excited about is the four-plex movie theater. The theater contains state of the art technology, has the capability to show the same movie on all four screens or four different movies at the same time and includes stadium seating for 500. The first movie, science-fiction thriller "District 9," is scheduled to play at 11 a.m. opening day at the new theater. 

"There's not a bad seat in the house," said Mrs. Burns. "This type of theater is a first for AAFES in Europe." 

"There are so many new things for customers to see when they enter this facility," said Mr. Sitrin. "I expect a lot of oohs and ahs." 

KMC residents should be aware the last day of operation for the Ramstein concession mall and food court will be August 14. The Hercules, Nightingale and Galaxy Theaters will remain open at this time. 

The final phase of opening, which will include the AAFES BX, is projected in late September.

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