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Shutdown to idle U.S.-based military commissaries

Published On: Oct 01 2013 05:16:00 PM HST

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A KITV4 News viewer said there was a line Tuesday before noon at the commissary at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay ahead of its closing.  The line for the cash registers begins at the front door.

KANEOHE, Hawaii -

The commissaries in the U.S. where military families buy discounted groceries are poised to shut their doors due to the partial government shutdown.

A KITV4 News viewer said there was a line Tuesday before noon at the commissary at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay ahead of its closing.  The line for the cash registers begins at the front door.

The Defense Commissary Agency based at Fort Lee, Va.. says only overseas commissaries will remain open following the failure of Congress to pass a spending plan.  The agency says domestic commissaries are staying open for business Tuesday, but only to reduce the amount of perishable goods on hand.  Domestic stores will be closed Wednesday.

The Defense Commissary Agency is responsible for running the commissaries for all branches of the military.  About 12 million military personnel, retirees and their families are eligible to shop at commissaries, where they typically save more than 30 percent compared with commercial grocery stores -- saving on everything from cereal to dog food.

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