INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --
According to the National Retail Federation, more than 60 million shoppers hit the stores for "Black Friday" 2005, of the millions of shoppers, more than 300 were right here at the 'lik.' To help Airmen and their families get the most value out of their holiday shopping buck this year, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is providing a host of worldwide, in-store Thanksgiving sales.
For the first two hours after the doors open, all shoppers visiting the exchange on Thanksgiving Day or the following Friday or Saturday will receive 10 percent and 20 percent off coupons valid for the next shopping day. Sunday shoppers will receive both deals, with the 20 percent off coupon valid Nov. 27 through Nov. 29.
"From 10 percent-off rear projection TVs to bath and body sets under five dollars, AAFES is pulling out all of the stops Thanksgiving weekend," said Lt. Col. Dean Thurmond, AAFES spokesperson.
With roughly half of AAFES' exchanges scheduled to open the fourth Thursday of November, authorized customers are encouraged to log onto the store locator link at http://www.aafes.com/
to verify their PX's or BX's Thanksgiving hours. For those locations that are not open, coupons designated for Thursday will be accepted on Friday.
AAFES' "Black Friday" weekend specials will range from nearly 50 percent off a four-piece luggage set on Saturday to 20 percent off Dooney and Bourke handbags on Sunday. Main stores will also be getting into the holiday spirit as each location gives away an iPOD on Friday, compliments of Schick.
Additionally, the first 100 customers through the exchange's doors beginning Nov. 23 as well as Nov. 24 through 26 will receive a $20 gift card. Drawings will also be held for the first four hours of shopping with four $25 gift cards awarded each hour.
The Incirlik Base Exchange will open its doors at 8 a.m. Nov. 24, 25, 26.
Authorized exchange customers can find the PX/BX nearest them, as well as specifics regarding local specials, drawings and holiday hours, by logging on to the store locator link at http://www.aafes.com/