Commissaries and Exchanges

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San Diego Commissaries and Exchanges

Defense Commissary Agency

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) operates commissaries in the San Diego metro area to provide groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families. Commissary patrons purchase items that are variably priced plus a 5 percent surcharge, which covers the construction of new commissaries and modernization of older stores. When shopping regularly at a commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared with commercial prices. For information on hours, locations, coupons, sales and scholarships, visit

Navy and Marine Corps Exchanges (NEX and MCX)

Shopping at the NEX or MCX can be a big money-saver. Military members and their families save an average of 23 percent on all the products they purchase (not including sales tax).

Base Uniform Shops and Mini-marts

Uniform and convenience store purchases can be made at NEX and MCX mini-marts, which are located on most San Diego military bases and at major military housing areas.

Commissary and NEX/MCX Locations

In San Diego, a paired main commissary, Navy Exchange and Autoport are located aboard Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Base San Diego. There is also a main commissary and Marine Corps Exchange aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. For information on hours and available merchandise, visit or


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