Fort Stewart commissary honors Army Family Covenant
The Fort Stewart commissary, located at 200 Vilsek Rd., building 421, will be closed Tuesday, March 2. Get ready for their Customer Appreciation Sale, March 9.

<b> FORT STEWART, Ga.</b>- The Fort Stewart commissary has just undergone upgrades to make it just one of many military commissary projects which benefitted in the million dollar investment to make coming to an installation grocery store up-to-date and shopper friendly.

Who knew that shopping for items from grapes to Gatorade, bread to bananas, and pop to peanuts would become such a treat'

In order for customers to experience the surprises and changes, the Stewart commissary will close at 5 p.m, Sunday, remain closed Monday, and also remain closed an extra day Tuesday.

Normal operating hours will return March 3.

But get ready for shopping that will have customers returning more often than not for milk or mayonnaise!

A Customer Appreciation Sale begins at the Stewart commissary, 9 a.m., March 9. This one day sale will have items labeled as 'great mega deals', along with product demonstrations, giveaways, company mascots and more. This event is Fort Stewart specific as a special 'Thank You' for the inconvenience caused by the renovations over the past 18 months. Please take note though, that the commissary will not be open for Early Bird Shopping on this date.

Another date to lock away for memory is the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide case lot sales. Stewart's sale dates are coming May 13-16. Hunter commissary sale dates are scheduled for May 20-22. During this time, commissary customers can save up to 50 percent or more on bulk sold products such items as pet supplies, canned goods, beverages, cleaning supplies, boxed meals, and more.

Whether you live at Stewart or Hunter, either commissary will meet your shopping needs for Soldiers and Families alike. Each offer convenient ATMs, bakeries, deli's, along with regular purchase items.

But what is DeCA all about as it relates to those who fall under the Army Covenant' The Defense Commissary Agency, founded in 1991, is responsible for all commissaries, regardless of military service. Prior to that time, each military service ran its own commissary.

Authorized shoppers include active duty, Family Members, National Guard and Reserves. The Defense Commissary Agency operates over 250 commissaries on military installation around the world.

Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases, compared to commercial prices-savings worth about $3,300 annually for a Family of four.

A core military Family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to Family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their Families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

So whether you visit the Stewart or Hunter installation, check out your commissaries. It's worth the trip!

Editor's note: Information for this article was also compiled from DeCA Web site, www.commissaries.com.

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