Life on Fort Benning’s Main Post just got a little sweeter.
A Bruster’s Real Ice Cream store opened Monday at 1710 Ingersol St., in the mini-mall behind the Burger King restaurant.
“We’re real excited to be out there,” said Bruster’s owner Ed Miller. “With everything that’s happening at Fort Benning this upcoming year, I just think we’re in the right place. I hope we will be anyway.”
The Bruster’s shop follows the recent opening of a 24-hour Huddle House at 7290 Ingersol St.
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The new businesses are now part of a burgeoning food and entertainment hub on the military installation, which is adding about 28,000 soldiers and civilians over the next year with the movement of the U.S. Army Armor School from Fort Knox, Ky., to Fort Benning. The Carmike Cinemas Wynnsong 10 movie theater is in the vicinity as well.
Miller said the location is a natural for his business, which took three years to become reality and will serve a variety of shakes, waffle cones, sundaes, cakes, dishes and seasonal items.
“You’ve got so much going on in the military there and so many people moving in,” he said. “The Main Post is where a lot of families reside, so we’re in more of a residential part of Fort Benning. We get a lot of soldiers in there, but we’re really an evening-type business when families come out.”
This is the fourth Bruster’s Real Ice Cream store for Miller, who opened his first on Whittlesey Road in December 2002. That was followed by the Macon Road location and another on Schomburg Road. The Phenix City Bruster’s on U.S. Hwy. 280 is operated by a separate franchisee.