Verizon Wireless Opens New Stores in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect

Verizon Wireless Opens New Stores in Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect

Donations to Local Domestic Violence Programs to Mark Grand Opening Celebration

October 31, 2001




As part of its aggressive retail expansion plan for Chicagoland, Verizon Wireless will officially open two more new communications stores this weekend at 138 E. Rand Road in Arlington Heights and 1 W. Rand Road in Mount Prospect.

By year-end, Verizon Wireless will have opened 21 new retail locations throughout Chicagoland in 2001. The company now has a total of 39 stores and kiosks in the area, employing more than 300 people.

The nation's largest wireless communications provider will host a "Grand Opening Celebration" from November 2-4 at the new locations. The weekend will be highlighted by "wire cutting" ceremonies at both stores at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 3.

"Our new stores make it easier to do business with Verizon Wireless if you live in the Arlington Heights or Mount Prospect areas," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Illinois/Wisconsin Region. "We have a rapidly expanding customer base in the area and it's imperative that we provide people who live there with increased convenience and accessibility to our products and services."

To underscore its commitment to the communities it serves, Verizon Wireless will mark the grand opening celebration with donations of $500 each to Life Span and the Children's Advocacy Center to aid local domestic violence prevention and victim support initiatives. Verizon Wireless is a recognized corporate leader in the fight against domestic violence, and this year alone, has donated more than $350,000 in monetary and other donations to domestic violence programs.

Eddie Rubinstein, manager of the new Arlington Heights store, will present the check to Inna Patel, children's counselor at Life Span, at the wire-cutting ceremony on November 3. Several prominent members of the Arlington Heights community will also be in attendance, including Mayor Arlene Mulder.

"On behalf of Life Span, I'd like to thank Verizon Wireless for its support and contribution to our very meaningful program and facility," said Patel. "We appreciate Verizon Wireless' generosity and welcome the company to the Arlington Heights community."

David Kendzerski, manager of the new Mount Prospect store, will present a check to Mark Parr, executive director of the Children's Advocacy Center at that store's grand opening ceremony on November 3. Members of the Mount Prospect community expected to be in attendance include Mayor Gerald "Skip" Farley and Paul Nelson, president of the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce.

"We sincerely appreciate Verizon Wireless' contribution and commitment to family violence awareness and prevention," said Parr. "Verizon Wireless brings to the community an impressive corporate stance that will help us to do more to protect victims in this area."

Verizon Wireless retail stores offer a premier line of digital wireless phones, data products and hands-free calling accessories. Customers can check out the latest wireless Internet and two-way text messaging services, including MobileWebSM, Mobile Messenger and Mobile Office. The stores also offer a variety of phones in all price ranges.

For a limited time, buy one Nokia 5185i and get up to three more free with a qualifying plan. In addition, receive an additional 3000 night and weekend home airtime minutes for life with any Family Share plan of $35 or more.
As part of the grand opening celebration, customers can receive a 20% discount on all safety accessories, such as ear buds and headsets, from November 2-4 at any Verizon Wireless communications store in Illinois.

The Verizon Wireless Arlington Heights store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to
9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. The store's phone number is 847-253-0329.
The Verizon Wireless Mount Prospect store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. The store's phone number is 847-259-2627.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28.7 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.