CARLISLE BARRACKS – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service ushered in a new era of service and support with the unveiling of a $5.2 million renovation of the Carlisle Barracks Mall Exchange.
Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, General David Hill, Garrison Commander of Carlisle Barracks, Lt. Col. Jeannette Molina, Vice President of the Exchange Northeast Region, Amanda Hartfield, Executive Director of the Carlisle Barracks Exchange, Valerie Bright, and PX Department Head Melanie Morrison cut the ribbon on the revamped Exchange on September 19.
“To the Exchange employees who made this possible and brought this project to fruition, thank you for your perseverance and continued efforts to provide grassroots support to our Carlisle Barracks and surrounding military communities,” Molina said. “You have all kept the Exchange open and ready to do business for our soldiers, our families and our retirees, and your efforts have not gone unnoticed. We really appreciate you and can’t thank you enough.”
The Exchange is the Department of Defense’s largest military retailer. The 40,974-square-foot Carlisle Barracks Exchange offers duty-free shopping and exclusive military pricing to more than 378,000 active duty members, military families, retirees, service-connected disabled veterans and other authorized military buyers in the downtown area. Southern Pennsylvania, featuring a selection of national brand merchandise such as Calvin Klein, Columbia and more.
The renovated mall features a new food court with quick-service restaurants Hunt Brothers Pizza, Chopz, and Eddie Peppers, as well as a Snack Avenue section featuring pre-packaged food. Other improvements include new flooring and lighting; a facelift for all major store departments; new BE FIT and PowerZone concept shops in store; a refreshed shopping area with an updated hair salon, optical store and pharmacy; a remodeled customer service area; and more.
“The store was nice before, but it’s really nice now,” said Navy veteran and Carlisle Barracks Exchange buyer Lawrence Derr. “I like how it’s so well lit, and there seems to be a lot more choice. It’s great for the military community, and people will be more likely to shop here rather than there. exterior of the gate which is a good thing as it supports the military which helps with recreational activities on the facility.
Renovation work began in February 2020, but was unexpectedly delayed with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with construction being completed in phases over a period of over two years. The project was funded by the Stock Exchange, with the Post contributing $1.2 million toward pharmacy renovations and other improvements.
“Today we are honored to say ‘mission complete’ on this historic upgrade,” said Hartfield. “This effort, the first major renovation of the Carlisle Barracks Exchange since it was built in 1975, brings a modern shopping experience to the community.”
When the military community of Carlisle Barracks and South Central Pennsylvania shop on the Exchange, they strengthen their communities: 100% of the Exchange’s revenue is reinvested in military communities. Approximately 60% of Exchange revenue supports quality of life programs that support service members and their families. The Exchange’s remaining revenue is reinvested in improving the shopping experience, including the renovation and expansion of the Carlisle Barracks Exchange.
In addition to shoppers with physical shopping privileges, nearly 142,000 honorably discharged veterans in the South Central Pennsylvania region can check their eligibility for a tax-free online shopping benefit at ShopMyExchange.com/Vets .
The Carlisle Barracks Exchange, Bldg. 844 Sumner Road is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 717-243-4893.
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Since 1895, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valuable goods and services at exclusive military prices. The Exchange is the 54th largest retailer in the United States. 100% of exchange revenue supports military communities. Over the past 10 years, Your Advantage Exchange has generated $3.5 billion in revenue for critical military quality-of-life programs. The Exchange is an unrestricted funds entity of the Department of Defense and is governed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Partner, planning and organizing events and activities that recognize the service, bravery and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the Commemoration of the Vietnam War in the United States of America. To learn more about the history and mission of Exchange or to view recent press releases, please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at address https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.
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