AAFES Opens 100th Starbucks Location
• JB LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.
On Sept. 17, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and Starbucks joined forces to open the 100th Starbucks store on an Army or Air Force base.
Located at the JBLM Shopping Center, the new Starbucks officially opened as JBLM Garrison Commander Col. Skye Duncan cut the ribbon to the venue.
This latest opening comes nearly 23 years after the Exchange opened its first Starbucks location at Eglin AFB, Fla. Including the new site, the Exchange operates Starbucks retail licensed locations in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as in the United Kingdom. Germany, South Korea and Kuwait.
“Our military’s connection to coffee is longstanding and as important as ever,” said Exchange Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Shull. “Understanding ‘nobody can soldier without coffee,’ the Exchange continues to aggressively expand access to this familiar ‘taste of home.’”
“Starbucks is honored to serve our nation’s heroes and their families,” said Kevin Johnson, the coffee company’s president/CEO. “Those who serve in the military are some of our most engaged citizens, and along with the more than 26,000 Veterans and military spouses who have proudly worn the green apron for Starbucks, they make us a better company and community.”
The JBLM Exchange is at Building 5280, Pendleton Avenue. The new Starbucks is open Monday through Friday 0530 to 2000, and Saturday and Sunday 0800 to 2000.
A JBLM Lewis-McChord, Wash, soldier waits for his order during the Sept. 17th grand opening of the 100th Starbucks retail licensed location that AAFES has opened on an Army or Air Force base.
Editor’s Note: This press release was edited by Larry Lapka