News Release

Corpus Christi, Texas, Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Verizon Wireless Communications Store

Grand Opening Includes Donation to the Women's Shelter of South Texas and Special Appearances by Jay Novacek, Johnny Moore and Tavo "CT" Hellmund

May 15, 2007

Jimmy Duvall
Jimmy.Duvall@VerizonWireless.com
972-444-5515

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — To stay ahead of the increasing demand for its products and services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty, has opened its newest retail location in Corpus Christi.

Verizon Wireless kicks-off the official grand opening the week of May 13 - May 20. The new Communications Store, located at 4801 South Padre Island Drive will conduct a wire-cutting cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 17 at 11:30 a.m. with the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce and the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

In honor of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program — a program long dedicated to recycling wireless products to combat domestic violence — Verizon Wireless will donate $500 to the Women's Shelter of South Texas, a non-profit organization committed to preventing and ultimately ending domestic violence and sexual assault in South Texas. The check presentation will take place in conjunction with the wire-cutting ceremony on May 17.

The grand opening will feature appearances on Saturday, May 19 by NASCAR driver Tavo "CT" Hellmund (1:00 p.m.), former San Antonio Spur Johnny Moore (2:30 p.m.) and former Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek (4:30 p.m.).

"Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers with the best wireless experience and the most reliable network," said Luis M. Cruz, region president for Verizon Wireless. "We are pleased to expand in Corpus Christi and provide customers with a broad range of services and products that they can't get anywhere else. We continue to invest in the area with enhancements to our network and in the community by creating awareness and preventing domestic violence."

Additional grand opening activities on Saturday, May 19 include:

  • 1,000 Bonus Minutes with a new two-year activation;
  • Waived activation fee of $35 with all new activations;
  • Special offer of a free phone (priced at $99.99 or less after mail-in rebate) between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with two-year activation;
  • Kenny Chesney concert tickets for his June 17 concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater for the first eight customers with a new phone activation on Saturday;
  • Chance to win a party for you and 20 friends at a Corpus Christi Hooks game, Dallas Cowboys autographed footballs and FC Dallas soccer balls.

The new Corpus Christi store features a full range of Verizon Wireless products and services and is fully staffed to provide optimum customer service and technical support, allowing customers to speak with Verizon Wireless' highly trained representatives for all of their wireless needs.

The store hours for the new Corpus Christi store are Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact store manager Daniel Hernandez at 361-225-2409.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company 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.  

About HopeLine
Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.  

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