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Commissaries reopen, but shelves will take time to fill

Oct. 7, 2013 - 06:52PM   |  
The parking lot at the Fort Lee commissary in Petersburg, Va., was empty on Oct. 2. DoD has reopened the commissaries, but it will take a few days for them to be fully supplied.
The parking lot at the Fort Lee commissary in Petersburg, Va., was empty on Oct. 2. DoD has reopened the commissaries, but it will take a few days for them to be fully supplied. (Steve Helber/AP)
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Commissaries are back to their normal operating schedule, said Defense Commissary Agency spokesman Kevin Robinson.

But it may take three to five business days to get the shelves fully stocked, depending on the size of the store and location. Officials have to restart the supply line after stores were closed starting Oct. 2 because of the government shutdown. Officials are asking customers to be patient as the stores go through this short period of adjustment, he said.

But shelves should be fully stocked by the end of the week, he said.

On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that most DoD civilians who had been placed on emergency furlough would be asked to return to work beginning this week.

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