News Release

Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening of New Retail Verizon Wireless Communications Store In Lexington, South Carolina

Company Donates to Sistercare, Inc. In Support of Domestic Violence Programs

March 27, 2008

Carly Culbertson
Carolyn.Culbertson@verizonwireless.com  
864-987-2006 / 864-918-5199

LEXINGTON, SC — In response to growing demand for the company's voice and data services, Verizon Wireless has opened the doors to a new, full-service communications store in Lexington, South Carolina. The new Verizon Wireless store, located at 5596 Sunset Boulevard, will host a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 3rd, at 2:00 p.m.

To recognize Verizon Wireless' strong commitment to help end domestic violence through its HopeLine® program, the company will donate $1,000 to Sistercare, Inc., a local agency focused on preventing and ending domestic violence, during a check presentation in conjunction with the ribbon cutting ceremony.

"Verizon Wireless' financial contributions and commitment to domestic violence prevention helps strengthen our ability to offer emergency support services to women and children who are in danger," says Kathleen Shaw, Development Director for Sistercare, Inc., which serves Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield & Kershaw counties. "We appreciate Verizon Wireless' corporate commitment to eradicating domestic violence."

Additional grand opening initiatives include waived activation fees for any plan, 25% off accessories and a chance to win a free BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphone- a lightweight, compact device that features the latest BlackBerry applications, Bluetooth® technology, BroadbandAccess and VZ Navigator(SM) capabilities. Customers can also receive a free phone (priced at $49.99 or below) during Free Phone Days from April 18th to April 20th. Live broadcasts by WCOS-FM will take place on Saturday, April 5th, from 10 a.m. to noon, and by WXBT-FM Saturday, April 19th from 10 a.m. to noon, respectively. During the WCOS-FM broadcast, starting at 10 a.m., the first 5 people to activate new lines of service will be given 2 tickets and 2 backstage passes to the Keith Urban concert in Charlotte, N.C., at Bobcat Arena on April 18th.

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

The new store also features:

  • A top-of-the-line self-service center with bill payment kiosk
  • A video displayed on a LCD screen that provides customers with information on the latest handsets and accessories, the Verizon Wireless network, wireless tips, roadside assistance, customer service, account management options and much more.

Store hours for the new Lexington store are Monday — Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Store manager Allen Patrick will lead the retail sales team. The store phone number is 803-808-2009.

Verizon Wireless has additional stores in the greater Columbia area including:

Full-Service Retail Locations

Columbiana
173 Columbiana Cir
Columbia, SC 29212
803-749-4500

Northeast Columbia
10110 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29223
803-419-2585

Two Notch
7007A Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC 29223
803-865-6300

Circuit City Locations

Circuit City Columbia
238 Harbison Blvd
Columbia, SC 29212
803-407-8069

Circuit City Two Notch
10136 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC 29229
803-788-6269

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 65.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: 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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