Fort Leavenworth cuts ribbon on barracks micro market

Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Erika Rhine-Russell and Garrison Commander Col. Duane Mosier are joined by Fort Leavenworth/Whiteman Air Force Base Exchange General Manager Cynthia Gregg, Fort Leavenworth/Whiteman Exchange Services Business Manager Candy Bullock and Fort Leavenworth Exchange Services Operations Assistant Sasha King for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the unattended retail unit (URU) micro market April 22 at the Single Soldier Quarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. There are currently five URU micro markets on post, with three more being installed soon. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp (Photo Credit: Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp)

By Fort Leavenworth Public AffairsApril 25, 2024

Service members without easy access to an Exchange or Express can still fuel up with better-for-you meals and snacks at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s more than 230 micro markets.

Five of the markets are currently operational on Fort Leavenworth, with three more opening soon. Markets are open at the Single Soldier Quarters, Combined Arms Center Headquarters, Network Enterprise Center, Eisenhower Hall and at the SHARP Academy in the Old U.S. Disciplinary Barracks complex. Additional markets will open soon at Garrison Headquarters, Mission Command Training Program and the Military Corrections Complex.

Micro markets are fully automated self-serve stores located near where soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and Department of Defense civilians work unusual hours or in high-traffic or out-of-the-way areas.

“The Exchange is all in to offer more convenience for the military community,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “Micro markets are another example of the Exchange’s longstanding commitment to provide for military members wherever they are called to serve.”

First introduced in 2014, micro markets are a fast-growing segment with about 80 new locations opened in 2022, and about 80 more the next year.

Micro markets offer a wider product assortment compared with traditional vending machines. Offerings vary by location, with most offering fresh salads, fruit and other better-for-you items. The healthier food offerings are part of the Exchange’s BE FIT 360 program that focuses on holistic wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Select micro market locations also offer over-the-counter medicines, personal hygiene items and other sundries.

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