grand opening

Jessica Hall, III Corps Express manager, cuts the ribbon to officially open Chopz and Eddie Peppers, alongside  Charles Sciascia, director of business operations – Military – Orion Systems; Edna Cofield, Fort Hood Exchange retail business manager; and Chris Haefner, Fort Hood Exchange general manager, Aug. 4 at the III Corps Express.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service opened two new restaurants for the Fort Hood community to enjoy.

Christopher Haefner, Fort Hood Exchange general manager;  Jessica Hall, III Corps Express manager; Edna Cofield, Exchange retail business manager; and Charles Sciascia, director of business operations, cut the ribbon on Chopz and Eddie Peppers, both located in the III Corps Express, on Aug. 4.

Chopz offers subs, burritos, salads and breakfast, while Eddie Peppers serves Mexican cuisine. Both restaurants feature better-for-you options that support the Exchange’s BE FIT commitment to providing healthy dining choices.

“These two new restaurants add more variety and convenience for the Soldiers, families and civilians who work and live at Fort Hood,” Haefner said. “The Fort Hood Exchange is honored to continue serving the community.”

This is the first Eddie Peppers location for the Exchange worldwide, and the third Chopz location. The III Corps Express is also home to Hunt Brothers Pizza and J. Walken Chicken, giving Express shoppers a wide selection of food options.

To make the restaurants’ debuts extra special, the III Corps Express offered two all-day deals for MILITARY STAR® cardholders: 10% off all quick-serve restaurant items purchased with a MILITARY STAR card and double rewards points on all MILITARY STAR purchases, including fuel.

Anyone with post access can dine at Exchange restaurants and shop at Express locations.

The Exchange gives 100% of its earnings to the military community for on-post quality-of-life programs, as well as capital improvements. In 2020, shopping Fort Hood Exchange stores and restaurants generated more than $3.5 million for Quality-of-Life programs at the post.

The addition of the two restaurants is the latest step in the Exchange’s commitment to make life better for Fort Hood Soldiers and families. Fort Hood is one of four Army posts that Army Installation Management Command is focusing on to improve quality of life. The Exchange is committed to supporting this initiative with new and expanded facilities and services. In the past year, the Exchange has renovated the Kouma Express, including adding a Slim Chickens restaurant, opened a new hair salon, expanded the electronics selection at the main PX and piloted a DoorDash partnership for on-post food delivery.

The Fort Hood Exchange is planning more developments as well, including the opening of a Hunt Brothers Pizza at the 1st Cavalry mini-mall, a Freshens restaurant at the TJ Mills food court, a Bath & Body Works at the Clear Creek Exchange mall and more.

“The Exchange is here to make life better for the military community,” Haefner said. “We have a lot of exciting new additions coming.”

Chopz and Eddie Peppers are located in Bldg. 1002, TJ Mills Blvd and are open 24 hours a day. For more information, call 254-532-1440.