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Fort Huachuca Celebrates Festive Grand Reopening

General Manager Jeff Hyatt welcomes shoppers to the newly renovated Exchange at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

The Exchange unveiled its first major upgrade Sept. 6 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in more than 30 years with the grand reopening of a new shopping center.

Maj. Gen. Robert Walters Jr., Commanding General of U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca; Exchange Western Region Senior Vice President Shelly Armstrong; Exchange West Coast Regional Vice President Robert Rice; and Fort Huachuca Exchange General Manager Jeff Hyatt cut the ribbon on the renovated 73,000-square-foot shopping center during a grand reopening celebration.

Modern, convenient retail experience

From left, Regional Vice President Robert Rice; Maj. Gen. Robert Walters Jr., Commanding General of U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca; Western Region Senior Vice President Shelly Armstrong; and General Manager Jeff Hyatt rejoice after cutting the ribbon.

The approximately $8 million face-lift creates a more modern and convenient retail experience for military shoppers. The updated Exchange includes an additional 6,000 square feet of space to accommodate the garden center and furniture, creating a one-stop shop for Soldiers, families and retirees. The Exchange—not American taxpayers—pays for renovations such as this from earnings.

“The Exchange is a terrific partner to Fort Huachuca,” Walters said. “The entire community is excited about this update. It’s an honor to celebrate this with all of you.”

BE FIT: highlight

The Exchange’s new BE FIT center, inside the main store, is a highlight of the upgrade and has the look and feel of a sporting goods store featuring name brands such as Nike, Under Armour and Adidas. The expanded athletic apparel and footwear assortment all in one place promotes readiness and resiliency.

The renovated Exchange highlights name brands shoppers know and trust, including Michael Kors, Columbia, The North Face, Apple, Samsung and Bose.

‘It’s our privilege’

Additional shopping center upgrades include an expanded food court and larger GNC store in the mall, polished concrete flooring throughout the shopping center, along with fresh paint, contemporary fixtures and an updated façade.

“It’s our privilege to take care of Fort Huachuca,” Hyatt said.


Check out these grand re-opening pictures from Fort Huachuca’s public affairs office.

Read about the recent renovations at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. 

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  1. Scott Miranto on September 6, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    That’s awesome! I was involved with the renovation in the early 90’s at Ft. Huachuca. Was a great a AAFES family to work with!

    • Steve Smith on September 6, 2018 at 7:52 pm


      Thanks for writing to your Exchange Post! Glad you liked the story.

      Does anybody else out there have good memories of their days at Fort Huachuca? Share them in the comment box!

      Steve Smith
      The Exchange Post

  2. Luis Reyes on September 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I’m happy for all of the customers at Ft. Huachuca! I bet the store looks great.

    • Steve Smith on September 7, 2018 at 12:39 pm

      Chief Reyes:

      Thanks for responding! I’m happy, too, for all the customers out there who’ll get the most modern shopping experiences possible.

      Anybody else out there who would like to comment about the Fort Huachuca Exchange grand reopening? We want to hear it! Write your comment in the box below!

      Steve Smith
      Editor, The Exchange Postd

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