After a six-month renovation, Fort Braggs South Post Exchange hosted a grand opening to show off some of its new features, Dec. 12.

While the Albritton Middle School chorus sang a medley of Christmas carols to the crowd, the Army Air Force Exchange Services employees showed visiting patrons some of the new attractions.

I think we are going to be able to enjoy it now, said Tracy Luna, sales and merchandise manager.

Weve seen it changing for the last six months. We got excited after each section got finished.

The exchange now boasts 12, new check-out registers, the Customer Service Department has relocated to the front of the store and theres a new Be Fit section with men and women athletic sporting apparel as well as several other changes.

Its warm and inviting, said Luna. Its well lit with a lot of updated new fixtures. Its very fresh with a lot of new brands. Our workout area (Be Fit section) is going to be a big thing for the military Families here. Its going to be a great shopping experience for the customers.

South Post Exchange patrons took in the new features while working on their holiday shopping lists.

I came to finish up some Christmas shopping, said Janie Hansen, a Family member. I like the new setup because it feels like its more open than it was before. Plus the ease of being able to shop here on post is always better.

After helping cut the grand opening ribbon, Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg commanding general, toured the newly renovated facility.

It means that we are providing better services for our Soldiers and Families, said Anderson. Thats what this place is about.