Verizon Opens Store for FiOS Services in Yonkers

YONKERS, N.Y. - In response to the growing demand for Verizon's voice, data and television products and services, the company has opened a retail store here at 66 Main St.

A grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Saturday (March 7) at 11 a.m., with festivities lasting all day. 

To assist in the grand opening, Verizon will welcome Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone and state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins.  Also attending will be members of the Yonkers Business Improvement District, which works with local businesses to encourage investment and initiatives to benefit the Yonkers downtown area.

Verizon has also invited several children from the Yonkers YMCA to participate in an online gaming competition.  The kids will get helpful tips from a representative of Games on Demand, a partnership between Verizon and Exent Technologies that provides game packages on the Verizon portal, who will be at the store as well.

During the day, Verizon will hold raffle events to give away two pairs of tickets to New York Mets games this season, hundreds of DVDs, and a pair of tickets and backstage passes to see Dora the Explorer at Madison Square Garden.

Verizon store employees will be on hand all day to answer customers' questions, take orders for FiOS services, and provide one-on-one product demonstrations.

Located in a heavily trafficked shopping area, the Verizon store serves Verizon customers and showcases the company's products and services, including its revolutionary new FiOS TV and Internet services.

Inside the store, Verizon has created a family-room setting, where shoppers can try out FiOS Internet, FiOS TV and FiOS TV's innovative DVR products.  Shoppers can also order all other Verizon services right at the store.

The new Verizon retail location will also serve as a customer service center where customers can pick up or exchange FiOS TV set-top boxes and remote controls. In addition, they can pay their Verizon bills via cash, check, credit or debit, or consult with representatives about their services.

The store will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The store's phone number is 914-965-0906.

"By opening our new store, we are getting closer to our customers and the residents of the communities we serve," said John Butler, Verizon's director of government and external affairs for Westchester County. "Our customers will appreciate the convenience of a nearby location where they can conduct business, and potential customers will have an easy and fun way to see for themselves how different and game-changing FiOS really is."

Verizon has franchise agreements to provide television service in more than 145 communities across New York state, including communities all across Westchester County.   

FiOS TV is designed to be a formidable competitor to cable and satellite. Verizon's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, the largest of its kind in the country, is currently under construction in more than half the states where the company offers landline communications services. Verizon's FiOS TV service was selected as the top-ranked residential television service provider in the Northeast region by J.D. Power for 2008.

The Verizon fiber network brings the power and capacity of fiber optics directly into people's homes and has industry-leading quality and reliability.  Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen.  It also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 20 Mbps as well as high-quality voice services.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 80 million customers nationwide.  Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 224,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.