A new commissary and Marine Mart will open today in Coleville to military service members in Coleville, Gardnerville, Carson City and surrounding areas.
Located at the Lincoln Military Housing Area off Highway 395, the $10.3 million commissary and Marine Mart offer service members assigned to Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center at Pickel Meadow shopping options ranging from electronics to groceries. Guard and Reserve members and military retirees and their authorized family members are also authorized to shop in the military retail stores.
The 12,166-square-foot commissary is the first military grocery store to serve the training center. The commissary will sell fresh produce and meat, chill, frozen and grocery products. Operated by the Defense Commissary Agency, commissaries sell products at an average savings of more than 30 percent compared to commercial prices.
“Our goal is to provide each customer with personal service,” said Store Director Wendy Matuszak, who also serves as store director for the commissary on Naval Air Station Fallon. “We’re excited to bring the commissary benefit to the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center and look forward to getting to know our customers.”
The commissary will carry about 6,000 line items, and customers who don’t see a product they want on the shelf can place special orders.
“If we carry the item in the Fallon Commissary, we can get it to the Bridgeport Commissary quickly,” said Matuszak. ”Most orders will be filled within 48 hours.”
Industry partners and vendors plan to give away commissary gift cards and other prizes on opening day. Matuszak noted that an electric scooter and two flat screen televisions are among the top prizes that will be awarded at the commissary.
The 3,600-square-foot Marine Mart will sell health and beauty aids, personal items, electronics, gifts, souvenirs and some groceries. The new Marine Mart will replace a smaller store, which had operated in Coleville since 2003.
The training center’s Marine Mart, 25 miles from the Lincoln Military Housing area, will continue to operate. That store sells military uniforms, souvenirs and some food items.
The commissary and Marine Mart are also providing a new source of employment for military family members. Fifty percent of the staff hired to run the two stores are military affiliated.
The commissary and Marine Mart were designed and built following energy conservation guidelines to meet LEED silver certification, an internationally recognized, third-party verification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Non-ozone-depleting refrigerants and LED lighting on refrigerated-glass-door cases and walk-in freezers are some of the green technologies used. Construction contractor KBR Federal Services LLC of San Antonio completed the project in just over 14 months.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is 10:30 a.m. today, and both stores will open immediately following.