Marietta’s Military Family Support Center will not be open as planned this week after a government announcement that all 20 National Guard and Reserve monthly on-site sales across the country will be suspended until further notice.
Full-time commissaries will not be affected by the closures, according to Sharon Mason, president and CEO of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. The commissary was developed in partnership with the chamber.
In an email to the chamber’s board of directors Wednesday, Mason said the closure affects commissaries across the nation. She said the announcement negates the chamber’s aggressive marketing and promotion for a sale scheduled to take place from Thursday to Saturday at the local support center on Terrell Mill Road near its intersection with U.S. Highway 41.
“This information was just received from (Defense Commissary Agency) a few days ago with no advance notice,” Mason wrote in the email. “Our marketing team and the Military Family Support Center board are in the process of disseminating the information about the closing to our customers via email and social media, especially since this weekend’s sales had already been promoted significantly.”
She said the Military Family Support Center was expecting an even larger crowd than normal. Mason said the Cobb County Humane Society will still be in the parking lot at 10 a.m. Saturday, offering free vaccinations for veterans’ pets.
She said the Defense Commissary Agency has not shared a specific reason for the commissary suspensions nationwide.
“We are working on solutions moving forward and will keep you posted as new information becomes available,” Mason said.
Representatives from the Defense Commissary Agency did not return calls by press time.
Mason said the chamber has been responsible for the Military Family Support Center’s monthly lease and facility costs, as well as marketing of monthly sales and fundraising for the purchase of the center’s items.
The Military Family Support Center is located at 1901 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta.