YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — A project to expand and renovate Navy Exchange Yorktown is now underway.
U.S. Navy officials say the $2.5 million project will allow the exchange to expand the current uniform and tailor shop, barber shop and grocery store.
“In addition we’re going to be putting a general face lift on the interior of the store as well,” said CEO of the Navy Exchange Service Command, Robert Bianchi.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held Monday morning.
“What I’m hoping it will mean for them is a better shopping experiance. Part of what drove this addition to the store is the population of the base increasing here. There’s several new commands that are coming onto the base with the population increase we realize with what we had it wouldn’t be sufficient to take care of them,” Bianchi explained.
Installation Commanding Officer, Captain Matthew Kosnar, says the size of the Naval Weapons Station Yorktown base has nearly double in the past few years with the growth of the Marines.
Capt. Kosnar says he’s most looking forward to the grocery store expansion with healthier options.
“We’re going to increase more of the foods instead of just a convenient store, more grocery store type things, for a lot of the marines and sailors that live on the barracks to be able to come here and go back to your kitchenette and make healthier foods more healthy choices,” Capt. Kosnar said.
Capt. Kosnar says the construction is scheduled to be finished by summer.