FORT KNOX, Ky. (WDRB) -- Despite the recent downsizing at Fort Knox, improvements continue to be made at the army post located just south of Louisville on Highway 31-W.
The improvements are designed to make the lives of soldiers and their families a little more convenient and pleasant.
Soldiers, military retirees, and their families can now experience better shopping.
The ribbon was cut on Friday on a $3.5 million major renovation to the Fort Knox Exchange, the first upgrade in 20 years to the shopping complex.
"You can expect to see anything here that you'll find in any department store," Colonel Thomas Edwards, the Garrison Commander of Fort Knox, told WDRB News.
The idea is to create a more modern shopping experience for soldiers and their families living in and around Fort Knox.
"We brought in a lot more brands," said Fort Knox General Manager Rick Fair, "like Michael Kors, which is very popular at this time."
Fair says there are a lot more clothing lines and that the firearms and electronics departments have been expanded.
WDRB also spoke with Rita Muratalla.
"We shop here about once a week," she said.
Muratalla is the wife of a retired soldier who says in addition to a greater selection of merchandise, the renovated Exchange, formally known as the PX, is a more pleasant place to shop.
"I think the renovation is beautiful," she said. "It is more open and you can get in and out quickly."
Colonel Edwards explains the renovations were made without spending taxpayer money.
"The grand opening we are doing here, no taxpayer dollars were spent," he said. "It is money reinvested based upon what customers spend here."
Despite the recent downsizing at Fort Knox, there are still about 26,000 people who come through the post every day.
Now many of them have a better place to shop.
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