Captain D’s Seafood announced that the company is expanding its business outside of the United States with the opening of a location in Okinawa, Japan. The 112-seat unit, located on Camp Foster, a Marine Base in Okinawa, will begin operations on June 9.
The Okinawa restaurant is one of four franchised restaurants that the Army/Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is licensed to operate for Captain D’s.
“We’ve had a great relationship with the Army/Air Force Exchange Service over the past few years,” said Ron Walker, president and chief operating officer of Captain D’s. “And, obviously, it’s a great source of pride for our company to be able to offer our food and hospitality to the men and women who serve our country.”
Captain D’s and AAFES worked together to design a restaurant that best fit the needs of AAFES on the Okinawa base.
“This is the first time Captain D’s has opened a sit-down unit, complete with drive-thru service, on a military base,” said Bill Nelson, vice president of franchise operations for Captain D’s. “The relationship we have built with AAFES has helped us advance the company’s overall development strategy, which in turn allows us to come up with flexible prototype designs. We have a prototype to fit any strategy.”
AAFES currently operates franchise locations at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, and Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. Captain D’s and AAFES hope to have a total of 10 units open on several military bases, both domestically and overseas, within the next few years.