Military commissary closure affecting local businesses
With military commissaries closed, local businesses that deliver food and beverages are affected.
Armstrong Produce in Mapunapuna says 20 percent of its business goes to the four Hawaii commissaries. They bring in food from the mainland every week and have extra shipments in the warehouse.
Workers have stopped making deliveries, but Armstrong Produce officials say the company now has extra products they need to unload.
"We are trying to step up our sales effort to places that buy our products taht should have gone to the commissaries," said Tisha Uyehara of Armstrong Produce.
Another company, Paradise Beverages, says its $1.5 million in sales to commissaries each year is also taking a hit. A company official tells KITV4 he hopes the government shutdown ends soon so business can resume to normal.
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