The Fort Gordon Post Exchange made possibly its strongest commitment Friday to its slogan, “You save. We give back.”
Using earnings from purchases made by a consumer base that includes 100,000 on- and off-post soldiers and retirees, the shopping complex broke ground on a $21 million project to renovate its nearly 20-year-old facility into a more spacious and modern retail center.
“Today is the realization of a plan that was initiated years ago, and we are finally seeing it come to fruition,” Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, Fort Gordon’s commanding officer, said after digging the project’s ceremonial first clump of dirt.
Patterson said the project shows the faith and confidence that both the Department of Defense and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service have in the patronage of Fort Gordon’s Post Exchange.
At a time when U.S. military bases are using early retirement, natural attrition and hiring freezes to battle federal budget cuts and avoid layoffs at its trading posts and strip malls, Fort Gordon has been authorized to nearly double its facility in size from 98,000 to 177,000 square feet.
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