Redesign to bring new choices to Robins Base Exchange

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  • By Jenny Gordon
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Robins BX shoppers will see exciting changes in a few weeks as major renovations begin in mid-February to early March.

The original start date was slated for Jan. 2, but that was pushed back due to a change in floor plans, according to Anthony Ventura, Robins AAFES general manager.

Including a redesign, the BX will undergo a name change as part of a rebranding campaign across the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

There will be 12 phases in the redesign, which will divide the store into 'lifestyle centers,' including fitness, home and active lifestyle and fashion centers.

The store's old PVC tiling will come out and be replaced with low-maintenance, polished, concrete flooring.

Firearms sales will also be offered beginning this summer, and will be geared toward hunt ing and sports. Robins will join 61 other AAFES sites which offer firearms.

The redesign will extend to the front entrance, which will include a Hall of Honor with murals and pillars depicting wars and conflicts.

Another big change will be offerings in the food court.

Dunkin' Donuts will be a new addition, and will move into what is now GNC.

GNC will move across the mall area next to the dry cleaners, whose space will be reduced. The new GNC will double its retail space to 1,200 square feet.

Subway will occupy where Cinnabon is now.

Popeyes, which offers items like chicken, biscuits and hearty Cajun side items, will occupy what is now Robins Hood Sandwich Shoppe and Baskin-Robbins.

Taco John's, Charley's Grilled Subs and Anthony's Pizza will remain in their current spots. All storefronts will receive new facelifts as part of the new branding campaign.

Also something to look forward to, the BX will have a new name displayed on the front building. It will be called the 'Exchange,' with a large 'X' displayed above the new name.

Tinker Air Force Base's Exchange was the first to undergo the new design of its store, which opened in September 2010.