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On-base grocery sales are falling rapidly. Can the military keep commissaries alive?

February 12, 2018

Sales at on-base grocery stores have fallen six percent in the past year, 21.3 percent since 2012, putting the shopping benefit at greater risk, say commissary executives.

The worry is that falling sales leave commissaries open to criticism that they’re losing relevancy as a military perk, or becoming too costly for taxpayers to support, given the fierce competition for customers from commercial grocers.

The Defense Department’s top two executives overseeing commissaries — one responsible for all military resale policies and the other for day-to-day operation of 237 commissaries worldwide — have conceded in separate interviews that falling sales are alarming and must be reversed.

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