Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command

New Commissary and Marine Mart Is Welcome Addition to Bridgeport

07/19/13 12:00 AM

Contact: Mario Icari
Voice: (619) 532-1752

By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs Office

BRIDEGPORT, Calif. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest and Marine Corps Mountain Training Center (MCMWTC) observed a grand opening for commissary and Marine Mart facilities June 26 in Bridgeport.

The project supports MCMWTC Command and was developed by NAVFAC Southwest in conjunction with Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), and Marine Corps Community Services.

"The new shopping facility is a welcome addition to the Bridgeport community," said Col. John J. Carroll Jr., Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center commander. "We are blessed to be able to shop in a commissary and Marine Mart that was built just for us."

The location of a retail store makes shopping easier for authorized patrons near Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

The $10.3 million project includes a 12,166 square foot commissary and a 3,600 square foot Marine Mart convenience store, each servicing more than 3,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve, retirees, and family members. The commissary sells about 6,000 grocery products. The Marine Mart sells health and beauty aids, personal items, electronics, gifts, souvenirs and some groceries.

"The new commissary blew away my expectations," said Staff Sgt. Nathan Gamboa, Marine Training Center assistant operations chief. "I've been waiting for this store to open for a long time. I'm on cloud nine today. Everything is wonderful."

The Bridgeport facility is located 21 miles from MCMWTC in the Lincoln Military Housing Area of Coleville.

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