Troops and their family members assigned to Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., will soon have a new shopping option when a new commissary and Marine Mart opens June 26.
The Defense Commissary Agency’s 12,166-square-foot, $10.3 million commissary and Marine Corps Exchange Marine Mart located nearby in the Lincoln Military Housing Area of Coleville, will offer shopping options ranging from electronics to groceries for active-duty military service members, Guard and Reserve members, military retirees and their authorized family members. In addition, the store will sell fresh produce and meat, chill, frozen and grocery products.
“Our goal is to provide each customer with personal service,” said store director Wendy Matuszak, who also serves as store director for the commissary on Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev. “We’re excited to bring the commissary benefit to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and look forward to getting to know our customers.”
The commissary will have three checkouts and will carry about 6,000 line items. Customers who don’t see a product they want on the shelf can place special orders. “If we carry the item in the Fallon Commissary, we can get it to the Bridgeport Commissary quickly,” Matuszak said. ”Most orders will be filled within 48 hours.”
The 3,600-square-foot Marine Mart will sell health and beauty aids, personal items, electronics, gifts, souvenirs and some groceries. The new Marine Mart will replace a smaller store, which had operated in Coleville, Calif., since 2003. The Marine Mart on the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, 25 miles from the Lincoln Military Housing area, will continue to operate. That store sells military uniforms, souvenirs and some food items.
The commissary and Marine Mart are also providing a new source of employment for military family members. Fifty percent of the staff hired to run the two stores are military affiliated.
The commissary and Marine Mart were designed and built following energy conservation guidelines to meet LEED silver certification, an internationally recognized, third-party verification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Non-ozone-depleting refrigerants and LED lighting on refrigerated-glass-door cases and walk-in freezers are some of the green technologies used. Construction contractor KBR Federal Services LLC of San Antonio completed the project in just over 14 months.