News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening of New Red Mills Commons Store

Winter Clothing Drive to Benefit Area Domestic Violence Programs

October 31, 2001

John Johnson
john.h.johnson@verizonwireless.com
240-568-1429

Gena Reeder
804-343-5052

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless communications provider, will celebrate the grand opening of its new Red Mill Commons Communications store in Virginia Beach Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3 and 4.

To mark the occasion, the store will hold a cold-weather clothing drive to benefit Virginia Beach domestic violence outreach programs run by the YWCA, Transitions, Turning Point, and Samaritan House. Gently used coats, hats, gloves, shoes, blankets and scarves will be gratefully accepted and distributed to these organizations. The store will also accept and recycle used wireless phones as part of its HopeLineSM program to benefit local organizations promoting awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

Radio station 96X (WROX) will broadcast from the store Saturday from noon to 2 pm. Station Z104 (WNVZ) will broadcast Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm.

The store will offer refreshments and free giveaways to weekend visitors. In addition, Verizon Wireless will offer a $20 discount on its hands-free combo packs including a universal headset, belt clip and cigarette lighter adapter. The offer will last through Nov. 11 and is available only at the Red Mill Commons location.

The store is located at 1157 Nimmo Parkway, Suite 108 in Virginia Beach. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday 1 to 5.

Verizon Wireless retail stores offer a premier line of digital wireless phones, data products and hands-free calling accessories. Customers can check out the latest wireless Internet and two-way text messaging services, including MobileWebSM, Mobile Messenger and Mobile Office. The stores also offer a variety of phones in all price ranges.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 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 and GTE Wireless. 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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