Has it been 17 years since the current store opened? Damn I'm getting old.
Does anyone besides me think opening a Garden Center is a waste of money? How do they compete with the likes of Lowes and Walmart?
"Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever." - Shane Falco
growing up, anytime any of us kids needed something outside of a normal trip to Walmart - a laptop, sports equipment, a purse - the response was always, "We'll have to see what's at the NEX first..."
none of my yoga pants have ever been to yoga.
Still, I prefer the experience at the exchange 100% over WalMart.
Unlike commissaries (military grocery stores), exchanges, for the most part, do not receive significant appropriations from the federal government and must operate on a for-profit basis. With the exception of military personnel assigned to duty with the exchange services, exchange service employees' salaries are paid from revenues generated from sales of merchandise, except for annual raises from funds appropriated by Congress. Exchanges are deemed Category C non-appropriated fund (NAF) activities, meaning they are designed to not only be self-sufficient, but generate a profit
"I aim to misbehave."
It's been years since I've been to a base Exchange. Good place for electronics at one time, don't know how/if they are able to compete with Amazon and Best Buy and Walmart. I just know that when I was pregnant, the base exchange in Homestead had custom draperies, Waterford crystal lamps but NO maternity clothing. It seemed that it was geared to the retiree, not the poor enlisted person with a small budget. I understand the need for the stores overseas, or perhaps an isolated duty station, but stateside, really? How do they compete?
Chaos breathes life into routine.