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Delis and bakeries at 32 commissaries in Europe will be closed on Aug. 31 as the Defense Commissary Agency moves the delis and bakeries into in-house operations.

The move was made necessary after a German contractor notified DECA that it was terminating its operating agreement on Aug. 31.

The 32 stores with contracted deli/bakery operations in Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom, will reopen on the next normally scheduled day.

For seven-day stores this will mean reopening normal on Sept. 1. For smaller stores, normally closed on Mondays, the deli/bakery operations will reopen normal hours beginning Sept. 2.

This one-day closure covers all deli/bakery services, including baking and slicing of bread, meats, cheeses, preparation of party trays and making of custom sandwiches.

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