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Los Angeles Commissary Holiday Hours for your shopping experience for the October and November.

Sunday October 9 regular hours 1000-1800
Monday October 10 CLOSED
Tuesday October 11 regular hours 1000-1800

Friday November 11 regular hours 1000-1800
Monday November 21 OPEN 1000-1800
Thursday November 24 CLOSED
Friday November 25 CLOSED

Continue to check out Commissary web-page for further holiday hours for the month of December.

Commissaries announce coupon policy changes Effective May 1, the Defense Commissary Agency has changed how its stores handle coupons and product returns without receipts, among other things, as the agency enacts customer service policy changes to protect the commissary benefit. The average coupon user might not notice the policy changes because they are aimed at preventing possible misuse of the commissary benefit  primarily using coupons to get large amounts of cash back, said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. Commissary shoppers are big users of coupons, as evidenced by DeCAs consistent ranking among the top 10 grocery retailers in coupon redemptions over the past several years. Commissaries welcome coupon usage, and to acquaint customers with the changes in the coupon acceptance policy, it has been posted on the agencys website at and on Facebook at

More patrons choose to use their commissary benefit More military members and their families are using their commissary benefit than any time since fiscal 1997 as they seek to counter the effects of rising prices on groceries and other household goods. The Defense Commissary Agency recorded more than 96 million transactions in fiscal 2011  just one of many signs that the commissary benefit has continued to grow and evolve to meet the needs of its customers. Because commissaries sell at cost and negotiate the best possible prices for the products they sell, commissary shoppers saved almost $2.8 billion on their purchases in fiscal 2011. And coupon-friendly policies allowed shoppers to earn more than $110 million in additional savings at the commissary, which has been consistently ranked in the top 10 for retailers that redeem the most coupons.

Commissary surcharge helps patrons improve benefit

When military service members shop their commissary, they save a substantial amount of money, while contributing to the improvement of the commissary system. Thats because for almost 60 years, Congress has required commissaries to collect a surcharge on purchases to make them more self-sustaining. Every time our customers shop at the commissary, they are not only saving money because we sell at cost, but they are also taking care of their own, said Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO. Their purchases help improve commissary facilities for their brothers and sisters in uniform. The surcharge, which has been set at 5 percent for the past 28 years, is used to build replacement stores, renovate and repair existing stores, and purchase equipment such as freezers and cash registers. Even with the surcharge, customers still enjoy an average of 32 percent or more in savings.

Commissary shoppers can find extra savings opportunities through a new feature on DeCAs website that makes it easy to find new commissary-oriented websites. Created by companies that sell their products in commissaries, there are six new websites designed for commissary shoppers. Their offerings include coupons, contests and other types of shopper services for exclusive use by commissary shoppers. On Sept. 1, DeCAs home page started featuring the Exclusive Savings link to its page that has the links to the new websites. Offerings differ from site to site, but they all offer something special above what you may find in our stores, said Chris Burns, DeCAs director of sales. Our industry partners have worked hard to make this possible for our military service members, their families and military retirees, and were glad to be able to offer an easy way to find these values with a link on our website. DeCA does not control the content of the sites, Burns added. DeCAs website is featuring links to these sites as a service to commissary customers, to make it easier for them to get the most out of their commissary benefit, he said.

The new Commissary Gift Cards are now available for purchase in denominations of $25 and $50. A customer uses the card as long as there is a balance on it; once the complete $25 or $50 total is exhausted, the card can no longer be used. There is no monetary change issued for unused portions of the card. Shoppers can use the remaining card balance in conjunction with other forms of payment. Here are some quick facts about the Commissary Gift Card: 1) The cards expire five years from the date of purchase; 2) Online orders incur a handling fee. These fees are not assessed to in-store orders; 3) There is no limit to the number of gift cards that a purchaser can buy. However, DeCA officials recommend organizations and activities consider purchasing online, if they need $500 or more in gift cards.

DeCA asks patrons to reduce paper, plastic bag use

Commissary store directors were recently asked to enlist the support of head baggers to reduce their use of paper and plastic bags by not double-bagging or bagging large items with handles unless a customer specifically requests it. They were also asked to give each bag a “boost” by placing just one more item in each bag. Not only will these practices serve to reduce each commissary’s impact on the environment, they could also save the agency more than $2 million per year in supply costs – if commissaries reduce bag use by just one bag per transaction. DeCA is also seeking to reduce dependency on paper and plastic bags by encouraging customers to purchase and use reusable bags. Customers can also reuse paper and plastic bags on their own groceries, provided that the bags are clean and will safely hold their groceries.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. 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 32 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices  savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. For current savings figures for various groups, single member up to a family of seven- visit 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 Americas military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.


Commissary patrons advised to stock up for emergencies

Disaster planning is considered crucial to improving your odds of survival; and this year, the Defense Commissary Agency has worked with its industry partners to offer many of the items needed for severe weather survival kits at reduced prices, said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. We always offer certain nonperishable foods, water and nonedible items such as batteries as part of our summer club packs, said Jeu, referring to the bulk purchases similar to what a consumer would see at a membership warehouse. But this year, our network of industry partners  manufacturers, vendors and suppliers  offered us a special package of discounted items that our customers would need to augment their survival kits; and we extended the availability of these items in our stores to coincide with the peak periods of severe weather. Since April 1, items such as canned chicken, powdered milk, batteries, weather-ready flashlights, all-weather tape, first aid kits, lighters, matches, candles and hand sanitizer have been reduced in price as part of the severe weather promotional package that runs until Oct. 31. We want our customers to know that they need to stock their food pantries with items to sustain them for any emergency that could occur anywhere in the world at any time, Jeu said.
Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for three to seven days.
Food – nonperishable packaged or canned food and juices, foods for infants or the elderly, snack foods, nonelectric can opener, cooking tools, fuel, paper plates and plastic utensils.

Blankets and pillows.
Clothing – seasonal, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
First aid kit, medicines and prescription drugs.
Special items – for babies and elderly.
Toiletries, hygiene items and moisture wipes.
Flashlight and batteries.
Radio – battery operated and NOAA weather radio.
Telephones – fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set.
Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards – banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods.
Important documents – in a waterproof container or watertight resealable bag.
Vehicle fuel tanks filled.
Pet care items – proper identification, immunization records, medications, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, and muzzle and leash.

The program also includes products appropriate for hurricane and tornado preparedness: food and beverages that don’t require refrigeration, flashlights, lanterns and emergency candles. “Club packs are popular because they allow customers to buy items in bulk sizes similar to what they’d see in a commercial warehouse club outlet,” said Charlie Dowlen, DeCA promotions manager. “From past experience we’ve seen people use club packs to prepare for bad weather events.”

Come out and enjoy savings with our Farmers Market where you can purchase fresh produce.

DeCA implements UPC lockout to help prevent purchases of recalled products. When a product recall is announced, store personnel normally pull the items from the sales area to ensure that they are not sold. The Defense Commissary Agency has now gone beyond the norm of food safety by implementing a “fail-safe” response system that prevents recalled products from scanning at the checkout stand.

Through a procedure called Universal Product Code “lockout,” DeCA can ensure that recalled products are not inadvertently sold to customers. It’s one more check in a food defense network designed to safeguard the health of commissary customers.

Targeted Disabilities

DeCA renews efforts to hire employees with targeted disabilities
The Defense Commissary Agency recently announced its goal to hire at least 189 people with targeted disabilities in the next two to three years. Targeted disabilities include severe hearing or vision impairments, missing extremities, and partial or complete paralysis. They also include serious medical conditions such as convulsions, mental retardation, mental or emotional illness, and severe distortion of the limbs or spine. This hiring effort is part of an overall goal, mandated by the Department of Defense, to have 2 percent of the entire DoD workforce consist of people with targeted disabilities. DeCA presently employs 126 such individuals, so an additional 189 would bring the agency’s total to 315; that is 2 percent of the agency’s 15,714 civilian employees who are not contract workers or local nationals working at overseas stores. Claudie Grant of DeCA’s equal employment opportunity office stressed that the agency is not filling an arbitrary quota with individuals who may or may not be qualified for employment, and that every individual DeCA hires will meet all requirements for their positions.

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