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 August 27, 2010

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Fort McCoy Commissary to hold
case-lot sale Sept. 17-18

FORT LEE, Va. — Whether you’re packing your pantry for school-day meals and munchies, or just staying “hurricane ready” until the official season ends Nov. 30, the Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) worldwide case-lot sale in September can help you do so with savings of up to 50 percent or more.

“Fall often brings lots of big expenses for back-to-school youth as well as adults returning to college classes,” said DeCA Acting Director and CEO Thomas E. Milks. “The September case-lot sale can help trim your grocery budget so you’ll have more to spend on school-related purchases.”

Fort McCoy will host a case-lot sale Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18, said Steve Brown, Fort McCoy Commissary Store manager. The hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. both days.

“I suggest shopping early Friday morning for the best selection,” Brown said. “Patrons may call 608-388-3542 for more information.”

Shoppers can choose from 330 items available for the sale this year, and store staffs will decide which items they will feature in their sales. They also supplement these items with local direct-store-delivery items such as soda, chips and baked goods, said Charlie Dowlen, DeCA promotions manager.

Selections range from canned goods, beverages, paper products, cleaning and laundry products, and pet supplies to produce, fresh meat and seafood, and bakery products. Club pack items also are used extensively in this sale and include plenty of items that fit the bill for back-to-school eating “on the go,” as well as products useful for hurricane and tornado preparedness: food and beverages that don’t require refrigeration, flashlights, lanterns and emergency candles.

“Case-lot sales provide a great opportunity to stock up at savings beyond our normal 30 percent or more,” said Dowlen. “More than half of the items are sold in ‘club pack’ product packages similar to the oversized packages or multiple products bundled together that are found at commercial warehouse club outlets.”

DeCA’s worldwide case lot sales mainly take place in May and September of each year. Dowlen said this year’s May event broke previous sales records, showing that savvy commissary shoppers take full advantage of the unbeatable savings offered at case lot sales.

Most commissaries participate but schedule their case lot sales on different weekends throughout September. However, some store sales dates can occur as early as August and as late as October. Patrons are encouraged to check the schedule for their local store’s sale dates by going to the special case lot sale Web page at: http://www.commissaries.com/case_lot_sale.cfm. In addition to Fort McCoy, other case-lot sales in the Midwest include Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Sept. 3-4 and Great Lakes Naval Station, Ill., and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., both Sept. 17-19.

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