Commissaries to Return to Normal Hours after August 17

Mike O'Brien

The cancellation of remaining furlough days by Defense Department means that commissaries worldwide can go back to normal hours after August 17.

The furloughs began July 8 at the rate of one day a week. The sixth and last furlough day for most of the military’s grocery stores will be August 12.

The reduced hours and reduced staffing levels led to longer lines at the checkout, with many customers becoming frustrated at the waiting times and empty shelves.

But following the Defense Department’s decision to cut the number of civilian furlough days from 11 to six, which was announced on Monday, the Defense Commissary Agency (DECA) announced a return to normal for the 210 stores affected.

More than 14,000 of DECA’s U.S. civilian employees worldwide were affected by the furlough.

Joseph H. Jeu, DECA’s director and chief executive officer, asked that customers be patient as product delivery schedules return to normal.

He said: ""We will do everything possible to ensure that our shelves are properly stocked with the products our customers want when they shop.

"However, there will be a short adjustment period as our stores settle back into their pre-furlough operating and delivery routines."