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Grand Forks AFB celebrates renovated exchange with ribbon-cutting

319th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Benjamin Spencer cuts the ribbon on the renovated Army & Air Force Exchange Service exchange during a grand reopening celebration August 10th alongside AAFES Central Regional Vice President Larry Salgado, Exchange General Manager Annette Montgomery, and 319th Air Base Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Brian Thomas. Since 1895 AAFES has supported America's military men and women and completed store renovations within six months at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.

319th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Benjamin Spencer cuts the ribbon on the renovated Army & Air Force Exchange Service exchange during a grand reopening celebration August 10th alongside AAFES Central Regional Vice President Larry Salgado, Exchange General Manager Annette Montgomery, and 319th Air Base Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Brian Thomas. Since 1895 AAFES has supported America's military men and women and completed store renovations within six months at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The Army & Air Force Exchange Service ushered in a modern era of shopping for Airmen and military families with the grand reopening of its remodeled Exchange at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

“The Exchange is privileged to be part of Team Grand Forks,” said Exchange General Manager Annette Montgomery. “Grand Forks shoppers will love our new look—they deserve it.”

Montgomery and 319th Air Base Wing Commander Col. Benjamin Spencer cut the ribbon on the renovated Exchange during a grand reopening celebration Aug. 10.

A major highlight of the face-lift—the 43-year-old store’s first since 2010—is the BE FIT concept shop, which has the look and feel of a sporting goods store athleticwear and shoes for men and women from Under Armour, Nike, Adidas and other name brands.

Airmen and families will notice an improved store layout, larger health-and-beauty care and pet areas, new signing, fixtures and carpet. The Exchange’s assortment has expanded too, with Lucky, 5.11, Carhartt and Columbia among in-store offerings. More prestige cosmetics are offered as well, including Stila, Dermalogica and Anastasia.

“The store is much more open—and it’s easier to find things,” Montgomery said. “We’ve made changes shoppers have asked for. The Exchange is invested in the community, and this renovated store proves our commitment to serving our heroes here at Grand Forks.”

Every dollar of Exchange earnings goes back to Airmen and families. Last year, shopping the Exchange generated more than $200,000 for military Quality-of-Life programs at Grand Forks.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

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