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Warehouse foreman Muto Takuya operates a forklift at the Camp Foster Commissary in Okinawa. This month, commissaries worldwide will be hosting case-lot sales, with many bulk goods dramatically discounted.
Warehouse foreman Muto Takuya operates a forklift at the Camp Foster Commissary in Okinawa. This month, commissaries worldwide will be hosting case-lot sales, with many bulk goods dramatically discounted. (Will Morris / S&S)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Five truckloads of stock and a day’s worth of work — that’s about what it takes to get ready for a case-lot sale at the Camp Foster Commissary.

Similar scenes played out across the Pacific on Wednesday, as bases in South Korea, Japan, Okinawa and Guam geared up for the Defense Commissary Agency’s annual autumn case-lot sale. Some bases already held sales earlier this month, but a majority were readying for this weekend. A similar sale is held every May as well.

Camp Foster Commissary director John Zaher said the sale is an opportunity for customers to save up to 50 percent on everything from paper towels to T-bone steaks.

“There’s going to be a variety of items on sale,” he said.

The commissary system is able to sell the products at such great discounts because the manufacturer gives them a deal, said Zaher, who added that the sales are opportunities “to provide our customers with increased savings.”

In May, commissaries sold more than $12.5 million or 1.8 million cases of products worldwide during the monthlong series of sales. Commissary officials expect the September sales to be the best so far.

Leon Pace, the night merchandiser manager organizing the sale at Foster, said he ordered items for the sale based on last year’s demand. He said setting up the sale hasn’t been difficult, “just really time-consuming.”

Not everything in the store will be on sale, but the sale will include items from all over the commissary, including the meat and produce sections. Zaher said he expects high demand on paper products and anything that can be used in school lunches, such as snacks and drinks.

After months of planning, the only thing that can affect the Friday-through-Sunday sale is out of Pace’s control.

“The weather is the biggest thing,” he said. “I hope we have good weather.”

h3>Case-lot sales: When and where

Case-lot sales will be held at the following commissaries during regular business hours. Commissaries not listed have already hosted their sales. Consult your local commissary for more details.

Japan

Misawa Air Base, Sept. 26–Oct. 2Yokota Air Base, Sept. 15–16Yokosuka Naval Base, Sept. 29–30Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Sept. 14–16Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Sept. 14–16Hario Village, Sept. 14–16Camp Kure, Sept. 14Sasebo Naval Base, Sept. 28–30Guam

Naval Base Guam, Sept. 21–23Okinawa

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