Customers peruse goods at the Army Reserve Center on Peru Street in Plattsburgh. The first-time event in Plattsburgh was a success according to store manager Douglas Quinn.
The Saratoga Springs Commissary recently held its first on-site sale at the Army Reserve Center on Peru Street.
The sale involved the military commissary bringing pre-ordered items to military populations who live outside an acceptable commuting distance. The sale is held is for those who cannot commute to Fort Drum or Saratoga, the nearest facilities.
Support for this event in the community was strong, said store manager Douglas Quinn.
“The sale went very well,” reported Quinn. “We did over $22,000 for the two day event with 40 customer transactions, which is extremely good. I would definitely like to do another sale but it would probably have to be next year."
"We have to see what the [fiscal year] 2012 budget is going to look like,” Quinn added.
Pre-ordered items available were dry and canned goods. Order forms had been available ahead of time at the Clinton County Veterans Services Office, many local agencies and through employers which had been contacted well in advance of the event.
Quinn said it was evident authorized shoppers who belong to local veterans’ organizations had an advantage in getting a “heads up” in time to order. Shoppers were pleasantly surprised, he added, to find that many items not included in the sale list were available for individual-unit purchase, which is common for these events.
Notably, fresh and frozen meats were available and supplies ran out quickly as buyers snapped up the deals, he added.
For more information about the Saratoga Springs Commissary, including the next time an on-site sale is held in Clinton County, call 581-2181 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.