October 29, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Announces Major Retail
Stores, Job Expansions And Upgraded Wireless Infrastructure
ORANGEBURG, NY -- Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile today announced a major retail expansion in
New York City, with nine new stores and more than 150 new jobs
planned in 1996. The company will also invest $200 million to
upgrade and add to the wireless infrastructure of the region next
year. New York Metro Regional President Rick Conrad will provide
details at the Grand Opening of Bell Atlantic NYNEX
Mobile's flagship Communications Store in Manhattan, on Saturday,
October 28, 1995, at 1:00 p.m. Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani is scheduled
to join Conrad for the ceremonies and demonstrations of the latest
Located at 310 Madison Avenue (on the corner of 42nd Street),
the new store is the "nerve center" for the company's
retail operations in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
It is the first Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile store
to open after the combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile and
NYNEX Mobile Communications on July 1. By the end of the
year, the company will have added 400 jobs in New York, mostly
in retail sales and customer service.
"Our flagship store is a symbol of the company's commitment
to doing business in New York," said Conrad. "In these
challenging economic times of corporate downsizing and companies
leaving major cities, we are adding new stores, a total of 550
jobs over 18 months, investing in infrastructure and committing
ourselves to serving New Yorkers and the entire metro region over
the long term."
The Mayor's presence demonstrates his commitment to business
expansion and the benefits of wireless communications in New York.
In addition, on Sunday afternoon, Conrad will join Mayor Giuliani
in announcing a joint public/private initiative involving two
City programs that use wireless technology to enhance the quality
of life and provide greater services for less fortunate New Yorkers.
Both programs are among the City's foremost efforts to reduce
Mayor Giuliani added, "Bell Atlantic NYNEX
Mobile has clearly made a strong commitment to New York City to
provide not only essential emergency wireless communications services
and business solutions, but to jobs and the area economy as well.
I am happy to support this commitment and investment in our City
and look forward to our joint community partnership tomorrow."
The company's new Communications Store will offer the latest
in cellular equipment and services with a variety of plans and
packages designed to meet the needs of residential and business
customers. John Stratton, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
vice president, Retail Operations, added, "Being available
to our customers is top priority for us. I think that is well-demonstrated
by the fact that more than 75 percent of our new jobs since the
merger have been in customer service and sales."
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile's investment in New
York's infrastructure will involve major improvements and additions
to cellular antennas, microcells, mobile switching stations, and
other equipment that will benefit New York well into the 21st
century. This investment is needed to support the company's annualized
45 percent customer growth rate and resulting coverage requirements.
The company has already installed microcells at Madison Square
Garden, Penn Station, the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, and the
floor of the New York Stock Exchange which have enabled uninterrupted
wireless coverage for the first time at these locations.
With more than three million customers, Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on
the East Coast and the second largest provider in the United States.
Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, the company offers a full range
of wireless voice, data and paging communications solutions to
customers in the Northeast, mid- Atlantic and Southeast. Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile was formed in July 1995 through
the combination of Bell Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX
Mobile cellular operations and now has more than 5,000 employees.
The company's New York-New Jersey metro region is based in Orangeburg,
NY, and employs more than 800 area residents.
NYNEX is a global communications and media company that provides
a full range of services in the northeastern United States and
high-growth markets around the world, including the United Kingdom,
Thailand, Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland,
Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The Corporation is a leader in the telecommunications, wireless communications,
cable television, directory publishing
and entertainment and information services.
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