News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening of New Retail Locations in Kennewick, Washington

Grand Opening Events Will Include Ribbon Cutting, Phone Recycling Drive, Hummer H2 Product-Demo Vehicles, Radio Remotes and More

July 6, 2005

Georgia Taylor
Georgia.Taylor@VerizonWireless.com
425-603-2894

BELLEVUE, WA — In response to growing demand for the company's products and services, Verizon Wireless will officially celebrate the grand opening of its two newest retail locations--new retail kiosks in Kennewick and Richland, Washington--with an array of grand opening activities July 8 - 10. The kiosks are located at Columbia Center Mall and the Tri-Cities Circuit City.

"This expansion represents our commitment to provide our customers with increased convenience and an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff," said Kelley Kurtzman, Pacific Northwest regional president. "Demand for our wireless service continues to grow as more and more people are taking advantage of our recent network expansion into the Tri-Cities area." The network expansion was part of a greater expansion into eastern Washington, northeastern Oregon and north central Idaho, a $50 million project that took three years to complete.

As part of the grand opening celebration, Verizon Wireless will make a $1,500 donation to the Sexual Assault Response Center, an agency that dedicates itself to providing necessary services for victims of sexual assault. Through it's HopeLine® program, Verizon Wireless collects used wireless phones and accessories that are recycled, or refurbished and sold, providing funds to award grants and phones with airtime to domestic violence prevention agencies.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, July 8, 11:30 a.m. — Columbia Center Mall

  • Official ribbon cutting ceremony with the Kennewick Chamber of Commerce
  • Check presentation to Sexual Assault Response Center
  • Kick-off two-week HopeLine Used Phone Collection Drive at Columbia Mall Center Court (Verizon Wireless recycles, resells or refurbishes used cell phones with proceeds providing wireless phones and cash grants to domestic violence agencies)

Saturday, July 9 — Columbia Center Mall

  • Hummer Appearance in the Mall at Center Court from 10 a.m. — 9 p.m.
  • Radio Remote Appearance by KXRX FM (at Center Court) from 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Sunday, July 10 — Tri-Cities Circuit City

  • Hummer and Street Team Appearance at Circuit City from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.
  • Radio Remote Appearance by KUJ AM (in parking lot) from 12 noon — 2 p.m.

The new kiosks feature a variety of wireless products and services for customers including a premier line of digital wireless phones in all price ranges and popular data services such as TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, NationalAccess wireless Internet access, and Get It Now® applications, which include ring tones, games and more. For a limited time only customers may buy a Samsung a670 camera phone for $49.99 and receive one free (first phone $99.99 retail price less $50 mail-in rebate, second phone $50 retail price less $50 rebate. New two-year agreement required per phone).

The Columbia Center Mall kiosk is located at 556 Columbia Center in Kennewick and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. — 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. — 7 p.m. The Tri-Cities Circuit City kiosk is located at 1430 Tapteal Drive in Richland and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. — 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. — 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 45.5 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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