Exchange Keeps the ‘Thanks’ in Thanksgiving

DALLAS – With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving will be on family.

“Exchange Main Stores in the Continental United States 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.” 

Exchange doors open at 4 a.m. in the United States the day after Thanksgiving, stores 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.   Shoppers can contact their local Exchange for Thanksgiving hours through the “Store Locator” link at   

Complete details on Exchange “Black Friday” weekend sales and specials are available at on the Weekly Ads tab.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.  To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at or follow us on Twitter at


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For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-2714 or [email protected]