By Justin Creech, Belvoir EagleJune 13, 2013
The Fort Belvoir community will soon be the home of a brand new Exchange scheduled to open at 10 a.m. June 19.
This store is one of the largest Exchanges on the East Coast and the largest branded store in the continental United States. The new complex incorporates the main store, food court, home and garden, military clothing sales, concessions and the satellite pharmacy all in one shopping complex.
"A branded store is a very drastic change from what is the traditional look of a PX. The new main store is divided into three shopping zones; home, life and style. This goal in redefining the Exchange brand is to create a tangible, timeless, and emotional connection to our Soldiers and their Families." said General Manager, Nildy Eiley.
The entire community is invited to join the celebration and participate in the opportunity to win prizes. Exchange vendor partners will provide prizes and giveaways, to include a shopping spree and handbags. The celebration goes through June 23 and will also feature live entertainment from local bands, plus appearances by Washington Redskins and Wizards throughout the week.
The hours of operation for the new Exchange will remain the same; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bringing the new store on line will mean closing down the old facilities. There will be some changes in hours of operation and closure of some businesses.
The old main store,
service mall shops and food restaurants, with the exception of Anthony's and Robin Hood (which closed June 10), will close Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Construction for the new Exchange, located behind the current PX and commissary, began in June 2011. The Exchange now has 22 mall stores, 12 more than the current store. New additions to the food court include Starbucks, Subway, Pizza Hut and Popeye's Chicken while Charley's Grilled Subs, Burger King and Taco Bell will come over from the old Exchange.
The buildings that currently house the Military Clothing Sales Store and Home and Garden stores will be repurposed by the installation according to Eiley. The food facilities and barber shop in the current Home and Garden store will be closed.
Once the old PX is vacated, it will be demolished by Defense Commissary Agency which will then build a new commissary in the vacated spot.
"There will be a walkway between the new commissary and the new Exchange," said Eiley. "The synergy to make it a one-stop shopping mall will be very nice for our community."
"We want to invite everyone out to see their new store and assure our customers that our team is ready and proud to serve them. We will have celebrations through the end of the month. On June 22, we have our safety awareness event, so bring out the Family for a great time."