ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The APG Commissary is currently undergoing a $7.5 million renovation project, which will be completed by the end of the year.

This is the first time the commissary has been renovated since it was built in 1994. According to store director Tammy Spickler, commissaries usually get renovated every 10 to 15 years. A five percent surcharge from all sales is used to cover renovation and other commissary operating costs. New freezers, refrigerator cooler cases and meat cases have already been installed.

Renovations are being completed in phases during this year-long project so that the store can remain open for customers. Spickler said that while the renovations have caused some inconvenience, the payoff will be worth it.

"I appreciate our customers. They've been very understanding during this process," Spickler said. "I am excited that the renovations are almost finished."

Travis Hontz, a construction superintendent from Summit Construction, said that after renovations are complete the commissary will be more environmentally friendly, with new equipment, lighting and heat and air systems that are more energy efficient. These changes are compliant with the Defense Commissary Agency's current energy conservation policies, standards, and regulations which is part of DeCA's "go green" initiative.

"These changes will cut energy costs, saving the commissary money in the long run," Hontz said.

Additionally all of the checkout lanes will be expanded from 36 inches to 42 inches, making them handicapped accessible.

The front of the store will feature two cases for "grab and go" items like sandwiches, salads and dips made fresh daily.

"These items are frequently requested by customers who have short lunch breaks," Spickler said.

Additionally, the flooring has been remodeled with resilient vinyl composition tiles, or VCT, which is designed to withhold heavier traffic. Outside of the store, a new sidewalk will be installed.

About the APG Commissary

Commissary authorized patrons include active duty, Guard and Reserve members, military retirees, Medal of Honor recipients, 100 percent disabled veterans, and their authorized Family members. Visit www.commissaries.com for more information.

"Authorized customers can save as much as 25 to 30 percent on their overall grocery bill," Spickler said.

The commissary is located in building 3400 on Aberdeen Boulevard and Springfield Street. Customers can provide feedback by contacting Spickler or the store administrator, Diane Mann, at 410-278-3101. Customers can also email Spickler at tammy.spickler@deca.mil. Store hours are Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday the store opens at 8 a.m. for early bird hours, during which customers can purchase 20 or fewer items. The commissary is closed on Mondays.

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