Bolstering the Incirlik Exchange

The Incirlik Air Base Exchange provides service members with an outlet to buy general and local merchandise. Multiple projects within the store are underway to give customers a better shopping experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

The Incirlik Air Base Exchange provides service members with an outlet to buy general and local merchandise. Multiple projects within the store are underway to give customers a better shopping experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

U.S. Airmen shop inside the military clothing section of the Exchange, April 12, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The section was moved to provide a larger shopping environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

U.S. Airmen shop inside the military clothing section of the Exchange, April 12, 2017, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The section was moved to provide a larger shopping environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --

The Incirlik Air Base Exchange staff is implementing changes to their store and stock to better serve the base populace.

Plans are underway to bolster successful items and bring in new ones that better fit service members’ demands.

“Currently, we are working on a reset of our hardline department (items other than clothing) of the store,” said Pete Alaniz, Incirlik Air Base Exchange general manager. “We are in the planning phase, determining what product lines to add or delete according to the shopping patterns of the store.”

Active-duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, military families and retirees can shop in Exchange stores and online at shopmyexchange.com. The Exchange sells electronics, fitness apparel, home appliances and more.

“The Exchange is a lifeline for troops serving in far-away locations such as Turkey,” said Alaniz. “It’s a hybrid of department stores and big-box retailers typically found outside installation gates.”

In addition to general and convenience items, the Incirlik Exchange offers local goods.

“We have hand-made and machine-made Turkish and Afghan carpets, high-end Turkish leather products, porcelain products, mosaic lamps, copper and clay pottery and Turkish puzzle boxes and chests,” said Alaniz.

The store has a social media page for notifications and sales. Customers can request items they want with a customer convenience form displayed on the page.

“The website and social media page the Exchange has makes it easy to shop there,” said Airman 1st Class Blesson Macloen, 39th Comptroller Squadron budget analyst. “It’s very essential for us here on Incirlik.”

Alaniz added that a change with shopmyexchange.com is scheduled to happen soon.

“If you have an APO address, your order will be routed to our biggest Exchange, the KMCC in Germany,” said Alaniz. “This will allow a quicker delivery of merchandise ordered on-line. The normal delivery time will be between 3-5 days.”

Furthermore, the Exchange is expanding athletic clothing and shoes for men and women, as well as provide operational camouflage pattern merchandise.

“We have moved the military clothing sales from the old location to the new location by customer service,” said Alaniz. “We will continue to revamp the appearance and product line of each department to provide a better selection of products that fit the demographics.”

For more information on the Exchange or its services, contact the staff at 676-6937.