- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - A new commissary has opened to serve about 170,000 active, retired and reserve military members and their families within a 100-mile radius of Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Area Commissary - a $15 million supermarket - opened Tuesday, next to the Moon Township Exchange, a new department store for military members and their families that opened in August.

Both are located along Interstate 376 about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh.

The new stores ensure Pittsburgh-area military families won’t have to drive to Dayton, Ohio or Carlisle, the next closest locations for similar facilities.

Planning for the new facilities began when the Defense Department announced in 2005 it was closing the Charles E. Kelly Military Support Facility in Oakdale. Lawmakers kept the commissary and post exchange there open until the new facilities were built.

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