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The McGuire Commissary Holiday operating hours;

Easter Sunday Hours April 16, 2017 1000-1600

Memorial Day May 29, 2017 1000 - 1800
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Shop Early
Early Bird Hours start at 07:00-09:00 Mon- Fri 40 items or fewer.
(No Early Bird on Federal Holidays)

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COMMISSARIES BEGIN MEASURING REGIONAL SAVINGS

Commissary savings will be reported more often and better reflect the cost of living where patrons shop, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. What we did before was good for showing a worldwide, annual savings average, said Joseph H. Jeu. However, now we are diving deeper into our patrons shopping experience to better reflect regional differences in cost of living and actual shopping patterns. Historically, DeCA measured savings globally, by comparing national prices at commissaries against average market prices for the whole country. However, the cost of living varies by region. To account for these geographic differences, Congress now requires DeCA to report on savings regionally, comparing prices with two-to-three commercial grocers, including super centers, in the local area of each commissary in the United States. For more on DeCAs private label program, visit the transformation FAQs at https://commissaries.com/documents/contact_deca/faqs/transformation.cfm.

By DeCA Corporate Communications

FORT LEE, Va.  The Defense Commissary Agency has chosen the names Freedoms Choice" and HomeBase" for its private label product assortment. That announcement came from DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu.
Private label, also known as store brands, will be appearing on commissary shelves in May.

Commissary patrons have been telling us for quite some time that they want to take advantage of the value offered by store brands, but commissaries have not had their own brand until now, Jeu said. We are proud of our new brands, and I believe our customers are going to be very pleased with the quality and low prices that Freedoms Choice and HomeBase bring to our shelves.

Freedoms Choice will be the commissary brand name for food items and HomeBase for nonfood items such as paper products and other household items. With the initial rollout targeted for May, patrons in commissaries worldwide can expect to see a number of DeCAs Freedoms Choice and HomeBase products.

It takes time to develop and allow for a store brand to reach maturity, so the number of Freedoms Choice and HomeBase products will continue to grow much larger over the next four to five years.

Freedoms Choice and HomeBase will give our patrons another chance to save money without sacrificing quality on brands priced significantly lower than national brands, Jeu said. Our private label products will also be equal or lower in price to commercial grocery store brands. These products will give our patrons the quality they expect and the savings they deserve.

Private label products are offered by retailers under their own, in-house brand or under a brand developed by their suppliers. DeCA conducted extensive research into developing the commissary brands, surveying hundreds of military members and their families to obtain their input for names and logos.

We talked to our customers about a number of package titles and showed them potential artwork for our commissary brands, said Chris Burns, DeCAs executive director for business transformation. The Freedoms Choice and HomeBase names and logos proved to be overwhelmingly popular.

Plans to start promoting Freedoms Choice and HomeBase have already begun and commissary customers will be noticing these names and logos very soon.

In December, DeCA announced its partnership with SpartanNash to begin developing the commissary brands. SpartanNash, through its military division MDV, is the leading distributor of grocery products to military commissaries in the United States.
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Commissaries go green every day
The Defense Commissary Agency is always working diligently to reduce its environmental footprint through recycling, food donations, and offering shoppers environmentally friendly products. In 2015, DeCA stores recycled almost 1,920 tons of plastic, more than 60,000 tons of cardboard and over 108 tons of paper. It has also composted or repurposed almost 6 million pounds of organic material, recycled over 5 million pounds of pallets and another 3 million pounds of things like fats, bones, kitchen grease, metal and wood. DeCA makes it easy for its patrons to get involved with green purchasing. They can purchase reusable shopping bags, organically grown fruits and vegetables, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, high-efficiency laundry products, environmentally friendly cleaning products, and products with reduced packaging like paper towels and bathroom tissue without the cardboard tubes. For more, go to https://www.commissaries.com/press_room/press_release/2016/DeCA_21_16.cfm.



Military commissaries date back to the 1860s:
Fact. Although DeCA was formed in 1991, the modern era of sales commissaries actually began in 1867. It was then that enlisted men received the same at-cost purchasing privileges officers had already enjoyed for four decades. From the start, commissaries were meant to allow the Army to "care for its own." The stores provided wholesome food beyond official rations, and the savings supplemented military pay.

Baggers are commissary employees:
Fiction. Baggers are not commissary employees, and are paid solely by tips from commissary patrons in exchange for bagging and carryout services. Baggers are self-employed and work under a license agreement with an installation commander.

While shopping in the commissary please come and visit the Deli and order your cakes, meat trays and sushi trays.

We have Fruit and Veggie Trays available in the Produce Dept.

The McGuire AFB Commissary has 16 regular registers, 8 self checkout registers which 4 of them are for 15 items or fewer and 4 are carousel styles which are 40 items or fewer.

The McGuire Commissary Deli/Bakery Dept is selling Rotisserie Chickens and a variety of chicken wings, so come on out and enjoy some of our juicy, well seasoned and affordable rotisserie products.

McGuire AFB Commissary is offering gift cards. These vouchers are available in $25 denominations. Anyone may acquire gift cards; however, only commissary authorized patrons may redeem them. Cards are available at commissary customer service areas, cash offices and from cashiers at full-service checkout lanes. There is no limit on the number of vouchers someone can purchase. But for large purchases of more than $1,000 in gift cards at a time, you must notify the store at least one week in advance. This allows commissaries to maintain enough gift cards for other customers. No additional fees will be added to the cost of purchasing or redeeming the gift cards.


*Guard and Reserve Members now enjoy Unlimited Commissary Privileges!
*Only need military or dependent ID card
*Accept credit/debit cards
*No tax, 5% surcharge used to build or renovate commissaries
*Now you can drop by for a quick lunch from our Grab-N-Go lunch section
*If you live far away, load up on non-perishables after drill--open Friday and Saturday until 2000 and Sunday until 1900.
*May bring guests but they may not make purchases
*Coupons, WIC, and Food Stamps, EBT accepted


Club Pack
Don't forget your commissary carries a variety of club pack items in aisle 6 & 7 for your convenience. Buy larger sizes and save.

Store News

Commissaries announce coupon policy changes

Effective May 1, 2012 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 http://www.commissaries.com/inside_deca/publications/directives/DeCAD40_6_PC_3.pdf and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/YourCommissary.

Commissary Rewards Card observes first anniversary with mobile app
On Aug. 8 the Defense Commissary Agency will observe the first anniversary of the Commissary Rewards Card. To coincide with this milestone, a mobile application will be available for patrons using the Apple iPhone. This mobile application can be found in the app store on all iPhones and iPads, allowing patrons the ability to access their rewards card account, select coupons and, review clipped, redeemed and expired coupons. The application also allows patrons to locate commissaries and obtain specific store information such as phone number and address. An Android app is planned for fiscal year 2014. Card users will also see options to receive alerts based on their purchases, reminders of clipped coupons awaiting redemption or expiration, and notices when new coupons are available.

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