Army & Air Force Exchange Service Focuses on Family for Thanksgiving

Most Exchange Stores Will Be Closed For the Holiday Ahead of Black Friday Deals

 DALLAS – With 85% of its workforce connected to the military, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and most Exchanges will be closed.

Military shoppers can gobble up the savings online at on Thanksgiving Day at midnight Central Standard Time. On Black Friday, online sales start at midnight CST, and Exchange doors will open at 6 a.m. in the United States, 8 a.m. in Europe and 7 a.m. in the Pacific region (except Guam and Hawaii which will open at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively).

“As part of the military community, the Exchange understands that time with family, for both customers and associates, is a priority,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “Being closed on Thanksgiving allows shoppers to give thanks with friends and family and still partake in the savings online that day or bright and early in person on Black Friday.”

Some service members will have access to convenience items on Thanksgiving Day, as about 140 Express locations will be open worldwide. Shoppers can contact their local Exchange or check their Exchange’s Facebook page for information on their local Express.

Facebook-Friendly Version: Most Exchange main stores will be closed on Thanksgiving to allow associates to focus on family. Great deals will be available online at on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday beginning at 12 a.m. Central Standard Time. Many Express locations will continue to serve the military community on the holiday.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.3 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


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