Walmart Supercenters a suitable alternative to shopping at the commissary for eligible military patrons
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From 1961 to present day, Walmart has expanded its number of Supercenters to 3,336 locations throughout the continental United States, growing to be the most readily accessible grocer in the lower forty-eight states. This thesis will demonstrate that concentrated populations of active duty and retired military personnel are subject to shorter commutes when shopping at Walmart Supercenters rather than military commissaries. This thesis will further demonstrate that the average military base is closer to a Walmart than a military commissary and that the average number of Walmart Supercenters exceeds the number of commissaries within specific distances from military bases. With rising fuel costs and the number of Walmart Supercenters available nationwide, eligible commissary patrons may be less willing to drive long distances in order to save money on groceries. The closer and more convenient option may best serve the needs of the military customer. If better alternatives exist outside of the commissary, the government can reexamine the practicality of dedicating annual appropriations to the Defense Commissary Agency.
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