Fort Hood Mall of tomorrow to serve 400,000Fort Hood Mall of tomorrow to serve 400,000https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=68922013-07-04T08:41:00Z2013-07-04T09:00:00Z

FORT HOOD - Tank Destroyer Boulevard had some action as ground was broken for the new $47 million Exchange Mall. The new LEED-Certified Exchange will be more than 265,000 sf, significantly larger than either existing PX on Fort Hood.

Parking will also be improved from the current 1,000 parking spaces to 1,117 at the PX at the southeast corner of Clear Creek Road and Tank Destroyer Boulevard. There will even be a 20,000-sf garden shop housed at the new Exchange.

It has always been about the military and their families, said Paula Gunderson, Fort Hood Exchange general manager.

The current Exchange, known as the Clear Creek Exchange, has reached its life expectancy, and the time for a new and better Exchange is well past due, according to Alan Erwin, master planner for Fort Hood Department of Public Works.

“We’re supporting a close to 400,000 population. Fort Hood is a big community, and still growing,” said John Burrow, chief of Real Property Master Planning Division, DPW, echoing Erwin’s thoughts.

“Having the two PXs separates the installation into east and west sides; this new Exchange will have what customers need all in one spot, to prevent needing to go from one side of post to the other,” Burrow said.

The estimated completion for the new Exchange is February 2015.

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