Verizon Wireless Opens New Store in Easley

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May 19, 2000-EASLEY, SC-Verizon Wireless, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, announced today the opening of its first wireless Communications Store in the Easley area.

Located at 5116 Calhoun Memorial Highway, the new 4,200 square foot Verizon Wireless Communications Store features a wide variety of wireless products and services, including the popular SingleRate® service and a premier line of digital wireless phones, pagers and data products and accessories. A staff of trained professionals is on hand to assist customers in selecting equipment and making decisions on calling plans. Long range plans call for a full-service facility offering equipment installation and repair service.

"We are thrilled to be adding another Verizon Wireless Communications Store in the Upstate," said Store Manager Gigi Garmon. "Our customer base is rapidly expanding in Easley, and we felt it necessary to provide an additional location for our customers so that they can enjoy convenient access to our exceptional products and services."

Garmon has worked for Verizon, formerly Bell Atlantic Mobile, since 1991, where she was store manager for the Anderson Communications Store. In those nine years, Garmon has received a long list of awards that include "Best Overall" for all Bell Atlantic Stores, three time winner of the Mystery Shopper "Best Overall" award, a two time President's Cabinet winner, and a Fast Start winner.

The new Communications Store in Easley is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store's phone number (864) 855-9440.

Verizon Wireless has 29 Communication Stores serving the Southeast.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 16 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE:BEL) and Vodafone AirTouch Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. Verizon Wireless will be further strengthened by the addition of the wireless assets of GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE) when it completes its merger with Bell Atlantic. When the merger is complete, the new company will have a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets.

Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at:

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