Tinker BX opens doors to local vendors

by Army and Air Force Exchange Service

6/12/2009 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.,  -- While the economy may have forced some retailers to scale back on merchandise or services, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is actively seeking the assistance of local businesses to increase the product selection troops and their families find at the base exchange.

"Some shoppers drive up to 40 miles or more to come to the exchange," said Tinker Base Exchange General Manager Bettye J. Golson. "The addition of local, small, minority, women- and veteran-owned businesses can help provide the diversity, value and innovation to further enhance their shopping experience."

Partner businesses, called concessions, operate in AAFES-provided space, primarily in the retail mall area. Benefits include contracts based on a percentage of revenue, a variety of space and merchandising setups and the convenience of being located with the anchor retail store and food outlets. AAFES will also assist in marketing and promoting partner businesses to help maximize awareness on and around Tinker AFB.

"Despite the current economic condition, exchange shoppers continue to demonstrate a strong demand for new and unique merchandise," said Ms. Golson. "Partnering with AAFES provides local businesses exposure to a great deal of foot traffic as well as the opportunity to serve military Families who are protecting our freedom."

For more information on how to partner with AAFES as a concessionaire, log on to http://www.aafes.com/pa/selling/ NTB_Page.htm or contact the BX's Service Business Manager Linda Lowe at 734-3700.