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A Gunter-Annex commissary worker hands cupcakes out to customers at the store’s grand opening Aug. 5, 2014. The commissary was approximately a year in the making and boasts a larger more energy efficient store than the previous commissary, which was built in 1974. (U.S. Air Force photo by Donna L. Burnett)
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Gunter commissary opening wows base community

Posted 8/8/2014   Updated 8/8/2014 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard
42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

8/8/2014 - Maxwell Air Force Base, Al.  -- 
Gunter Annex's new commissary held a grand opening for Airmen and their families, retirees and civilian counterparts to enjoy Aug. 5.

"Since it's just next door, our customers have seen the new store go up from the day construction began and we're all excited to provide the commissary benefit through such a fine facility," said Terry Ford, the Gunter commissary store director. "I tell customers that as good as it looks on the outside, they will really be impressed by how much better their shopping experience will be once they get inside."

The new commissary, which is about a third of the size larger than the previous facility and boasts more energy efficiency, was long-awaited for by Gunter residents and for those who prefer to shop on Gunter than at Maxwell. Those who lived on, or near Gunter had to travel to shop at the Maxwell commissary, or shop in the local area.


"It's exciting to have a commissary here on Gunter," said Master Sgt. Patrick Nelson, a commissary patron who works on Gunter Annex, while shopping with his family. "Instead of having to find the nearest grocery store, I can go on base and find everything I need."

Customers like Nelson, walked into a store with high vaulted ceilings and wide aisles that easily accommodate large shopping carts. They also got to enjoy a wide selection of products thanks to expanded frozen, chilled, produce, meat and grocery product sections along with an international delicatessen.


"It looks more like what an actual grocery store looks like and has a lot of selections you would actually see at a grocery store," said Nelson.

The grand opening afforded some with even more surprises such as $25 gift cards, free loaves of bread and freshly baked cupcakes. Customers also had a chance to learn more about the products for purchase.

"I really enjoy the new commissary, and am so glad to be here for the grand opening," said John Cutler, a vendor and shopper. "It's a difference between night and day. This is a really state-of-the-art brand new commissary. People living on this side of town see it as a real [treasure]."

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