Fort Campbell Businesses React to Base Closings

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Laura Lumpkins works at the New York Pizza Depot. She says: "I heard something about them closing. But they'll stay open. I'm so glad. We really depend on them and their spouses."

New York Pizza Depot is like many of the other businesses in Fort Campbell. They rely on the soldiers and their families for business.

Russell Gray says: "It's my livelihood. If it wasn't here I wouldn't be here."

Gray has been cutting soldiers’ hair at the Family Barber shop for 47 years.

Gray says: "I enjoy working on soldiers yes."

At the Piggly Wiggly they heard the news about base closings around the country and they were glad to hear that Fort Campbell will stay open.

William Lambert is the manager at the Piggly Wiggly. He says: "We were pretty sure they wouldn't close this one. It would be very bad for our store."

All the businesses we talked to say the base brings in the majority of their customers.

Lumpkins says: "I'd say 75% is Fort Campbell."

Gray says: "Probably 70% of my business is military."

Lambert says: "They are very important to our business. That's probably 30-40 percent of our business from the base."

And they all say the city wouldn't make it without the business of the soldiers and their families.

Lumpkins says: "We live and die by Fort Campbell soldiers. We really depend on them."

Gray says: "It would close up a good deal of business out here."

Lambert says: "This city would not survive without this base over there."

Under the realignment Fort Campbell is losing 360 military jobs. But they are gaining nine civilians under the Pentagon's recommendations. Several small facilities in the state are closing completely. Those include: the Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the Navy Reserve Center in Lexington. The U.S. Army Reserve Centers in Louisville and Maysville will be closing. And a Paducah facility is also on the closure list.

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