Sam's Club is waiving membership requirements for military personnel and retirees and their families during the government shutdown.

The retailer said Thursday it decided to waive the fees after dozens of commissaries on military bases were closed by the shutdown.

"Military personnel, retirees and their families heavily depend on commissaries for low-cost groceries and everyday needs," Sam's Club's announcement said.

 The retailer said it planned to waive the fees at Sam's Club locations near military bases until the government re-opens the commissaries. (The announcement did not specify which Sam's Club locations will be waiving the requirements. Check back for more details.)

UPDATE:The military benefits have now been extended to all Sam’s Club locations, a Sam's spokesman said.

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