Budgets Cuts Force the Cancellation of September Commissary Sales

Mike O'Brien

September case lot sales at commissaries have been canceled worldwide because of budget cuts.

The popular case lot sales are held twice a year, May and September, in the parking lots of commissaries and usually involve heavily discounted prices.

But officials at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCa) decided they could not justify the costs involved because of the budget cuts mandated under sequestration.

DeCA spends about $900,000 each year to run two case lot sales worldwide.

Michelle Frost, DeCa’s Chief of Promotions, said: "Sequestration has forced the commissary to look for cost-saving measures."

Charlie Dowlen, DeCA’s promotions manager, said commissaries will still offer other, smaller sales, MilitaryTimes.com reports.

He said: "Customers will still have the chance to save money through the other sales. They can save up to 30 to 40 percent on items in the regular promotional packages and up to 30 percent on club packs."

Thursday’s announcement comes just weeks after it was revealed that commissaries will be closed on Mondays throughout the summer to save money.

Officials decided that in ordertoimplement the Defense Department’s civilian workforce furloughs, all 247 stores will have to close one extra day per week.

Commissaries that are usually closed on Mondays will be closed on Tuesdays as well.

Thousands of civilian employees have to take up to 11days — one day each week — by Sept. 30.