Exchange readies for holiday shopping season deals

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Schofield Exchange features seasonal gifts and ornaments throughout the store in preparation for holiday shoppers. Black Friday shopping begins at 7 a.m. (Photo by Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Schofield Exchange features seasonal gifts and ornaments throughout the store in preparation for holiday shoppers. Black Friday shopping begins at 7 a.m. (Photo by Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

DALLAS — With a quarter of its workforce comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is a true example of family serving family.

As such, the focus on Thanksgiving will be on family.

“Exchange main stores … will be closed Thanksgiving, but open early Black Friday to help shoppers find everything they need for the holidays,” said the Exchange’s Chief Merchandising Officer Ana Middleton.

“As part of the military family, we understand how precious time together can be and hope that customers and associates will give thanks on Thursday and go shopping early, at their Exchange, on Friday,” she said.

• Hawaii opens at 7 a.m. Black Friday
Exchange doors in the Pacific region will open at 7 a.m. (except Guam which will open at 5 a.m.), while European Exchanges will welcome shoppers at 8 a.m.

Service members who are on an installation on Thanksgiving Day will still have access to convenience items as approximately 156 Express locations will be open worldwide.

In addition, many OCONUS Exchanges will be open on Thanksgiving Day.

The holiday season has arrived. (Photo by Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

The holiday season has arrived. (Photo by Jack Wiers, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

• Economic impact
According to the First Command Financial Behaviors Index, 82 percent of military families indicated the economy is impacting their Thanksgiving plans.

To improve their economic outlook, the AAFES is serving up a host of Thanksgiving weekend sales.

The feast of savings on “Black Friday” include Sharp 70-inch LED TVs for $999, HP Pavilion Notebooks for $168, 20 percent off regularly priced luggage, Black and Decker gas grills with a three-piece tool set for $189.99, and 20 percent off all Coach and Dooney and Bourke handbags and accessories.

The bounty of deals continues on Saturday as Sony 70-inch TVs will be marked down to $1,499, Dyson vacuums 20-30 percent off, The Body Shop merchandise 25 percent off and much more.

• Cyber Monday
The smorgasbord of savings continues Cyber Monday at www.shopmyexchange.com with deals including Samsung 55-inch Curved 4K TVs marked down $1,000, to $1199; 50 percent off Coach Signature Logo collection handbags; and 25 percent off the entire stock of Calvin Klein fragrance gift sets.

“The Thanksgiving weekend specials are just the beginning of what will be a huge season of sales and savings at Exchanges around the world,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted adviser. “From electronics to handbags to toys, Exchanges will have everything military families need, at the right price.”

• More Online
Complete details on Exchange “Black Friday” weekend sales and specials, as well as Cyber Monday deals, can be found at www.shopmyexchange.com.

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