By Richard Brink
DeCA Public Affairs
The former Walter Reed Commissary is still open for business but with a new name -- the Forest Glen Commissary -- in keeping with changes the area has undergone since the Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed in September.
"Our new name reflects the name of the community that has remained since the medical center closed," said store director Michelle Garrard.
"We're now part of U.S. Army Garrison [Fort Detrick] Forest Glen."Garrard said she welcomes the name change as an opportunity to let people know the commissary is still open in spite of the medical center's closing.
In January an extensive renovation project will begin in the store, she said. It includes replacing refrigeration and freezer equipment with new energy efficient units, replacing lighting and ventilation systems as well as product shelving.
"We'll remain open throughout the renovation, and when it's done we'll have the look and feel of a new store that will greatly enhance our customer's shopping experience as well as our energy and operational efficiency. It shows our commitment to making sure this commissary is worth the trip for our customers," Garrard said.