CHAMPAIGN, IL — In response to the growing demand for the company's voice and data products and services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless provider with 34.6 million customers, has opened a new store in Champaign at 910 West Towne Center Boulevard.
"Our customer base is rapidly expanding in Champaign and we're excited to open this new location to better serve residents in the area," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Illinois/Wisconsin Region. "With the new store, we can offer customers in the community the very latest wireless communications technology in a modern, well-equipped, customer-friendly environment. Our Champaign sales team will deliver a high level of customer support in an environment where we are able to provide a broad range of equipment and service plans to suit every need, all backed by our Worry Free GuaranteeSM."
Wire-Cutting Ceremony Featured Donation, Call to Action to Donate Old Wireless Phones
To mark the grand opening, a "wire-cutting" ceremony was held on October 23 at the new Verizon Wireless communications store. The wire-cutting included a check presentation in the amount of $1500 to A Women's Fund.
The funds will be used toward its domestic violence prevention and victim support programs. During the week of October 20, Verizon Wireless is opening six stores in Illinois and will give away a grand total of $8000 to local domestic violence agencies at the openings.
Randall Eastman, district manager for Verizon Wireless, presented the check to Tammy Tunnell, executive director of A Women's Fund. Several prominent members of the Champaign community were also present at the wire-cutting ceremony, including Mayor Gerald Schweighart.
With the grand opening being held during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon Wireless is putting out a "Call to Action" to residents of the Champaign area to bring their old wireless phones to the store to donate to Verizon Wireless' HopeLineSM program. Through HopeLine, used wireless handsets, batteries and accessories from any wireless company are collected, refurbished, recycled, and/or sold. Proceeds are donated to non-profit domestic violence advocacy organizations and used to purchase handsets for domestic violence victims, including those throughout Illinois.
Verizon Wireless is giving area residents an added incentive to bring in their phones by the end of the month. For each phone collected at the store from October 23 through October 31, the company will donate an additional $5 to A Women's Fund.
"Domestic violence is an epidemic that devastates neighbors, friends and co-workers in all communities including Champaign," said Eastman. "That's why Verizon Wireless focuses on putting wireless products to work to aid both the prevention of domestic violence and the life rebuilding process. We encourage Champaign residents to do the same by donating phones they no longer use to HopeLine. They truly will be providing a lifeline to someone in their community."
In addition to the ceremony, Verizon Wireless is celerating the new store opening with a special promotional offer: Buy one LG 4400 handset at $129.99, after rebate, and receive another one free.
The new Verizon Wireless communications store will feature a variety of wireless solutions for customers including Picture and TXT Messaging, Push to Talk and Get It NowSM with downloadable ringtones and games. Customers can also access high-speed wireless Internet connections with the Verizon Wireless Express Network.
Jake McCorkle is the manager of the new store. It will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. 6 p.m.; and Sunday 12 noon - 5 p.m.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 34.6 million 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.