Albany, Ga. --
The occupants of Building 3500 now have a newly re-opened facility stocked to satisfy the everyday cravings for caffeine, sweet treats, energy and other drinks, hot soups and daily breakfast and lunch items.
The snack bar re-opened Aug. 1, under the management of the Marine Corps Exchange. Patrons who frequent the snack bar noticed a larger selection of items that cater to every taste bud and those who have not yet stopped by are in for a real treat.
“We offer hot chili daily and a soup of the day, breakfast and lunch tornadoes, hot dogs and sausage,” said. Kathleen Latham, snack bar manager, Marine Corps Exchange, Marine Corps Community Services. “We also offer nachos, cereal, fruit and energy drinks, sausage biscuits, pre-made sandwiches, pizza, ice cream and other items including over-the-counter medications.”
Officials say coffee is served all day at the price of 75 cents for a small and a large is $1. Individuals who purchase the Marine Corps Exchange cup can get refills for only 50 cents. The snack bar will also consider requests for items that are not currently stocked, and those will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
“We have received very good feedback from our customers so far and most are excited about the credit and debit card machine that will arrive soon,” Latham said. “This prevents customers from having to carry cash.”
George Mettrick, retail director, MCX, said his department learned the snack bar was going to be vacated several weeks ago and he was tasked with filling the void. Marines from MCCS were able to accomplish the complete set-up within 48 hours.
“Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Marines, and since there are both Marine and civilian-Marines who occupy this building, we took over and immediately expanded the assortment,” he said. “I’m not sure what was here before, but this place is impressive.”
Mettrick noted everything is fresh because it’s pulled from the main store every day and the snack bar is an extension of the convenience “grab and go” area at the MCX.
“Nothing will ever go bad or stale and we are able to adjust the assortment based upon the number of requests,” he said. “We can’t stock every request, but will do our best to satisfy the needs and wants of our customers.”
Mettrick said there are some additional items in the works and even though the potential customer base has diminished with the recent move of Marine Corps Logistics Command personnel, he feels the large assortment of items, coupled with good prices and good customer service will pay off eventually.
“We knew there were less people when we took over, but we are here for the duration and hope our customers will keep coming back and tell others about what we offer,” he said.
1st Lt. Sarah L. Ray, adjutant, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany said she loves the new selections offered by the snack bar, especially the healthier options such as the fresh fruit.
The snack bar is open Mondays - Fridays from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (229) 436-8540.