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Commentary | Oct. 6, 2021

New Coast Guard Exchange in Puerto Rico serves military families in the San Juan Region

By Keisha Reynolds, MyCG Writer

The Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) officially opened its new 22,000-square-foot store in San Juan, Puerto Rico during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 14, 2021. Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath, commander Coast Guard Personnel Services Center, presided over the ceremony. 

“This beautiful, new 22,000 square foot flagship store is strategically located to serve eligible military and civilian patrons from all branches of service in the San Juan Region, and is conveniently located close to home—where you live and shop,” said Gilreath. 

Tax-free shopping at the Coast Guard Exchange is a non-pay compensation benefit limited to authorized patrons including active duty and retired members of all branches of the armed services and their dependents, all honorably discharged veterans, members of the reserves, Coast Guard Auxiliary, National Guard, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security civil service employees. 

Coast Guard Exchange is the only military exchange that provides dividends to the Coast Guard’s Morale, Well-being, and Recreation (MWR) programs. During the past 10 years, CGX has contributed more than $28 million to Coast Guard’s MWR programs worldwide. 

“The entire store staff is very excited,” said Jennifer Liston, the general manager of all three CGX stores in Puerto Rico, which includes the new CGX Caguas. “We’re honored to serve the members of the Coast Guard and all of our authorized patrons by providing them the savings and excellent customer service they have earned.” 

Resources:

  • Coast Guard Exchange website
  • MyCG article: Your Coast Guard Exchange benefit working for you: improved services, expanded patronage