News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens New Store In Chesterfield Commons

Additional Retail Location Gives Customers Added Purchasing Convenience

December 18, 2000

ST. LOUIS, MO — With the holiday season upon us, shopping for a Verizon Wireless phone and accessories just got easier for shoppers in the St. Louis region. Verizon Wireless opened a new communications store in Chesterfield Commons, located in West St. Louis County.

This newest 2000-square-foot-store brings the total number of Verizon Wireless stores in St. Louis to 12, as well as four kiosks where Verizon Wireless products are available.

The new communications store features a variety of products and services, including local, regional and national plans. Currently, Verizon Wireless is offering $10 off monthly access fees plus 1000 free night and weekend minutes on all pricing plans, with a two-year service agreement.

"Our new location makes it easier to do business with Verizon Wireless if you live in West St. Louis County, particularly in the Chesterfield area," announced Lisa Chrzaszcz, regional president for Verizon Wireless in St. Louis. "Our customer base is rapidly expanding to West St. Louis County and St. Charles County and our new Chesterfield Commons store provides customers with increased convenience and accessibility to our products and services."

For those last minute stocking stuffers, the latest handsets and accessories are also available at this location. Hot items such as hands-free devices, including headsets (use of these devices in Illinois is illegal while driving) or installed speakerphones are available. Verizon Wireless encourages the use of hands-free devices while driving and reminds wireless users to drive responsibly and call with care this holiday season.

Grand opening festivities took place at the store December 8 and 9, which included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Chesterfield Mayor Nancy Greenwood and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, an autograph session with St. Louis Blues forward Jochen Hecht as well as a radio remote with 93.7's The Bull.

Shawn Floyd is the manager of the Verizon Wireless communications store in Chesterfield Commons, located at 128 THF Boulevard, Suite A, Chesterfield, MO 63005. The store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S.with 26.3 million wireless voice and data customers and 3.5 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp -- now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 32,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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