Budget cuts could mean closure of stores


Marine Gunnery Sgt. Charles Eaton, his wife Maria and their children, Addison and Skylar, push carts into the Cherry Point commissary on Tuesday morning. Closure of all stateside base commissaries may be considered as the Department of Defense works on cutting its budget.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

Adrienne Threatt shops at the Cherry Point commissary every day it’s open.

“The only day I don’t come is Monday. That’s when they’re closed,” Threatt said as a commissary worker wheeled eight bags of groceries out to her car Tuesday.

Threatt’s husband has been in the military for the last 17 years, and she doesn’t like the idea that the grocery store could be closed as a cost-cutting measure.

“The commissary is part of the base,” she said. “I don’t think it would be fair to lose something that we’ve always had. I shop here for everything from household goods to non-perishables.

“It would be an inconvenience to go off base. The prices are better for sure. For people that don’t have a car, it’s closer to shop than off base.”

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently announced the possibility that stateside base commissaries could be closed as the Department of Defense searches for $50 billion in cuts brought on by sequestration, cuts that prompted the closure of Cherry Point’s bowling alley.

Navy Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, said he could not confirm that a plan to close commissaries was in place.

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