Shoppette to Close

The Jackson Circle Shoppette will close its doors permanently July 14 after more than 20 years of service to the Fort Lee community.

“It was not serving the purpose it was intended for, which was to support the Jackson Circle community,” said Beatrice Strickland, general manager for Army and Air Force Exchange Services on Fort Lee.

Originally built as a service station with just enough floor space for snacks and beverages, the facility just doesn’t have the square footage to meet customers’ expectations and patronage had fallen steadily since AAFES stopped selling gasoline there.

No one will lose their jobs because of the closure, Strickland said.

As the Residential Community Initiative Program is implemented in Fort Lee Housing, AAFES hopes to reestablish a presence in the housing area, Strickland said.

Last year the Jackson Circle Shoppette had a net operating loss of $20,000, according to Strickland. “That’s $20,000 that would otherwise have gone to Fort Lee’s Morale Welfare and Recreation operations.”