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Commissaries Increased Revenue Slightly in 2020 Despite Pandemic

December 27, 2020

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The year was supposed to be a game changer for the Defense Department’s commissaries, one that extended shopping privileges to all disabled veterans — a pool of four million potential patrons — who could help reverse a steady slide in sales over the past eight years.

But five days after opening the doors to newly eligible shoppers, many U.S. military bases instituted heightened security measures in response to the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike.

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Proponents of the merger of the commissary and exchanges systems continue to press their argument. If the commissary system fails to show more revenue in the next few years, the merger option could occur.

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