It is coming to Fort Hood soon.

It will have a pharmacy, a GameStop, a GNC, a Great Clips, a Texas gift store and a Paul Mitchell Signature Salon.

What is it?

Why, it’s the new Fort Hood post exchange, of course.

I received a flyer for the opening of the “Fort Hood Shopping Center” on Monday, and Army and Air Force Exchange officials are likely posting the flyer at existing post exchange locations right now.

The flyer offers a few new details on the 28 or more shops and restaurants that will be in the shopping center, anchored with what I believe is a traditional PX.

But it’s all the little stores and restaurants that seem to be getting a lot of the buzz both on an off post ... and way off post.

I received a call Tuesday morning from an elderly woman in the Houston area who asked me if the new Fort Hood PX will be bigger than the one at Fort Sam Houston.

I told the woman that I wasn’t sure, but the new Fort Hood PX, being built across the street from the existing Clear Creek Main Exchange, is indeed big.

According to the flyer, the new PX will have a pretty good-sized food court with the following eateries: Arby’s, Boston Market, Charley’s, Chipotle, The Den by Denny’s, Sarku Japan, Smoothie King, Starbuck’s and Subway.

I’m familiar with most of those, but I had to look up Charley’s, whose actual full name is Charley’s Grilled Subs. Well, that explains it.

I saw on its website that Charley’s is on 106 military bases, so there are probably a lot of folks on post who are already familiar with the chain.

I also looked up Sarku Japan, which according to its website features “made-to-order teriyaki and sushi.” That makes me hungry just writing about it.

Curious, I also looked up The Den by Denny’s, which is a cafe-style Denny’s where people order at the counter rather than from their table.

It all seems like good stuff and a welcome addition to the ever-growing amenities available on post. We’ll have an in-depth report, with photos, on the new PX in a future edition of the Fort Hood Herald. If anyone wants to comment about it between now and then, please give me a call.

Jacob Brooks, a former Army tanker, is the Fort Hood Herald editor and military editor of the Killeen Daily Herald. He was stationed at Fort Hood and served with the 1st Cavalry Division from 1993 to 1996. Contact him at jbrooks@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7468.

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