|Story & photo by Tom Michele, Eagle Systems &
The new West Side Express, building 2662, now is serving
the needs of Soldiers working and billeting in the 2400 through 2800
blocks, affectionately referred to as “Mob Alley.”
JoAnne Murphy stocks a shelf at
the West Side Express as Neal Smart watches. Murphy is a
stockroom foreman at the Fort McCoy Exchange, Smart the Exchange
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) renovated a former
laundromat to convert it into a mini-shoppette.
The barbershop in the rear of the building is unchanged and continues
Fort McCoy AAFES General Manager Steve Ard said the new facility fills a
need. “Soldiers housed in this area don’t have personal transportation
and spend a lot of time walking to the Exchange, sometimes taking the
shuttle bus. We are now making it easier and quicker for them.”
The Express will be open from noon - 7 p.m. daily, Ard said. “We will
adjust those hours as needed.”
Exchange Manager Neal Smart said the Express will stock snack items, hot
and cold foods and drinks, health and beauty products, and more. There
even is a selection of Teddy bears.
Ard said the Ground Round food vendor also will park its van by the
building, with probable hours of operation from noon - 3 p.m., to start.
“We are going to grow,” Smart said, “It is all about caring for