News Release

Verizon Wireless Opens Retail Store In Thoroughbred

Ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening Celebration Will Feature Contests, Giveaways and Donation to Area Charity

August 30, 2001

Paula Durham
Verizon Wireless
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Gingi Lanius
Verizon Wireless
615-386-5102

Chad Schmidt
615-259-4000

FRANKLIN, TN — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, marks the opening of its new retail store at 420 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 120, in Franklin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, August 31, and grand opening festivities Friday, August 31 through Sunday, September 2.

"Franklin is a dynamic and growing community, and a great market for us," said Paula Durham, Verizon Wireless associate director, retail, for Middle Tennessee. "Our customer base is rapidly expanding throughout Williamson County. The new store provides a place for our customers to enjoy convenient access to our products and services."

The 2,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art store opened to the public August 13. It is conveniently located in Thoroughbred Square, adjacent to the movie theater, on Cool Springs Blvd.

On August 31 at 9 a.m., Alderwoman Ann Little, Williamson County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, Thoroughbred store manager Todd Murrah and Durham will cut the ribbon. Also, Verizon Wireless will present a $500 check to BRIDGES of Williamson County to assist victims of domestic violence in the Franklin area.

Verizon Wireless is involved with efforts to reach victims and reduce family violence nationally, and seeks opportunities to make a difference locally.

"We are pleased be able to assist BRIDGES in meeting the needs of women and children who are victims of violence," Durham said. "We look forward to partnering with other local organizations and agencies committed to fighting domestic violence in Williamson County."

The Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the store after the cutting.

Beginning Friday, August 31, all accessories will be 30 percent off during three-days of grand opening activities. WJXA-FM 92.9 will broadcast live from the store on Saturday, September 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Verizon Wireless will host a grand opening celebration at the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The public is invited to tour the new store, view product demonstrations and participate in contests, drawings for prizes and other grand opening activities. A grand prize - complete wireless phone packages that include a phone, headset, charger and one year of free service ($35 per month plan) - will be given away in a drawing. The first 10 customers to sign-up for service on Friday will receive a free phone. Free food and refreshments and Verizon Wireless giveaways will be available.

The new Verizon Wireless communications store features a variety of products and services including the Kyocera Smartphone QCP 6035, along with a premier line of other digital wireless phones, data products and accessories. The staff of trained professionals can assist individuals in selecting equipment, calling plans or setting up Mobile Web, Verizon Wireless' Internet access service.

"We look forward to continuing to bring Verizon Wireless' Middle Tennessee customers the very latest wireless communications technology in a modern, well-equipped, customer-friendly environment," said Todd Murrah, Thoroughbred store manager. "We have equipment and service plans to suit every need."

The store's telephone number is (615) 771-6448. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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