Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
AAFES Exchange Opens First Bath & Body Works Location • JB LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash.
On Nov. 13, the Fort Lewis Exchange Shopping Center here opened the first Bath & Body Works store at an Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) location. The nationwide retailer sells soaps, candles, fragrances and gifts, and joins numerous other national and local retailers at the site.
“We’re excited to welcome Bath & Body Works to the Exchange family,” said JB Lewis-McChord Exchange General Manager (GM) Michael Einer. “This gives our service members, retirees and family members more shopping options — and just in time for the holidays.”
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The 1,130-square-foot Bath & Body Works — which is open 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Saturday — is the latest store to open at the Exchange’s new Fort Lewis Shopping Center, which is sited at the installation’s Building 5280, Pendleton Avenue.
The Department of Defense (DoD) retailer cut the ribbon on its first Petco location earlier in November, and a Military Clothing Store (MCS), optical center, eyebrow threading studio, beauty salon, Starbucks, GameStop and GNC have all opened during 2020, with a base pharmacy, UPS, Patriot Tactical and several restaurants expected to open in the coming months.
The entire project will be completed in 2021 and will total about $70 million, $68 million of which was funded by the Exchange. The Military Clothing Store and the base pharmacy are backed by $2 million from services support. A full 100 percent of Exchange earnings are reinvested in the military community through support for on-base quality-of-life programs as well as for capital improvements such as the new shopping center.
In 2019, AAFES said that shopping the JBLM Exchange generated more than $4.3 million for quality-of-life programs at the base.
Edited by Larry Lapka
National retailer Bath & Body Works opened on Nov. 13 at AAFES’s new Fort Lewis Shopping Center. Staff members at the grand opening were (left to right) Hafeeza R. McCullough, sales and merchandise manager; Mike Einer, general manager (GM); Stacie Sterling, store manager; Tiffany Taylor, global, senior director, Military Sales & Service; Geniene Rickerson, regional manager, Western Region, Military Sales & Service; and Sally Byrd, senior territory manager, Military Sales & Service.