With food and household items in high demand during COVID-19 precautions, there is an increased demand for several items at the Fort Campbell Exchange, and new purchase quantity limits to combat the decreased supply.
“The Fort Campbell Exchange has not experienced panic buying, but there is increased demand for toilet paper, disinfectant sprays/wipes and other similar product,” said Steve Shaw, Fort Campbell Exchange general manager. “Like most stores, the Exchange has experienced some shortages. Our logistics and merchandising teams are working around the clock to ensure shoppers at Fort Campbell have the critical items they need.”
The Exchange is changing its main store hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily to allow more time for restocking and thorough cleaning. In some cases, minor adjustments to hours of operation have been made at smaller facilities.
“Fort Campbell Exchange stores receive anywhere from two to four shipments a week for core products from our East Coast distribution center,” Shaw said. “However, many consumables, such as beverages, chips, etc., are delivered by local distributors in Kentucky and Tennessee twice per week.”
According to Shaw, the Exchange has recently been approved to apply a purchasing limit for face masks, hand sanitizers, disposable gloves, disposable face masks, rubbing alcohol, thermometers, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant cleaners and sprays, paper towels, bleach and toilet paper.
“The Fort Campbell Exchange team is passionate about taking care of Soldiers and their Families,” Shaw said. “The team is working in lockstep with installation command to continue to serve and support the community during this challenging time.”
Restaurants in the Exchange food court are open for to-go orders only as a result of social distancing requirements, Shaw said. Further adjustments may be considered if HPCON levels progress.
“If directed to close, the Exchange intends to pay its workforce for a specified period, if reassignment to another position is not possible,” Shaw said.
Shoppers can visit the Fort Campbell Exchange Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CampbellExchange/ for the latest information on hours.