New shops to open at BX
Al Reyna, an AAFES maintenance tech (right), mixes mud he’ll use to texture drywall at the old Class Six location, as Anthony McKoy, AAFES electrician, clears the construction area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Will Alexander)
New shops to open at BX

by Will Alexander
452 AMW Public Affairs

10/14/2008 - MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, CALIF. -- Construction began last week to make room for three new stores.  They're expected to be open for business within the next few months.

March ARB BX customers will soon be able to take advantage of a few extra services: a vision center, an optical shop, a postal annex, and more concessions out front. 

Renovation began Sept. 23 on the Class Six space, where workers have walled off a 1,200-square-foot section that will house the new vision center. 

"The vision center will have an optometrist," said Bob Westergard, AAFES general manager. "They'll do contact lens exams, they'll have vision and disease testing, they'll have frames and they'll grind lenses - it'll be like an optician's office." 

Westergard said that Class Six, which moved to its current location about 15 years ago from the building that now houses the Frame Shop, will move inside the main exchange. 

Renovators will wall off a 500-square-foot section of "Wigs On Wheels" to make room for a postal annex. Westergard said the annex will be a one-stop shop that will include mailing services, packaging services, and most likely truck and trailer rentals. 

An optical shop will make its home at the west end of the BX where the AAFES HR office now operates. HR will move inside the store, according to Westergard. 

"You'll be able to go in and choose and purchase frames and lenses and the services that the optical shop offers you," he said. The vision center and the optical shop will not necessarily be run by the same person or company. 

Construction is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks. "My guess is sometime around the holidays, we'll be open for business," said Westergard. "Sometime around Christmas and New Year's." 

Westergard said he has no idea who the tenants for the new shops will be but bids have gone out and will close within the next couple of months.