Verizon Wireless Celebrates Grand Opening Of New Store In Yakima, Washington

BELLEVUE, WA — To stay ahead of growing demand for its products and services, Verizon Wireless, the nation's wireless leader in customer loyalty* will officially celebrate the grand opening of its newest store in Yakima, Washington - with an array of grand opening activities August 11 and August 20.

"This new store is the latest example of our commitment to provide our customers with increased convenience and an accessible, knowledgeable sales staff," said Kelley Kurtzman, Pacific Northwest regional president. "Demand for our wireless products and services continues to grow as more and more people are taking advantage of our recent network expansion into the Tri-Cities area." The network expansion was part of a greater expansion into eastern Washington, northeastern Oregon and north central Idaho, a $50 million project that took three years to complete.

As part of the grand opening celebration, Verizon Wireless will make a $1,500 donation to the YWCA of Yakima, an agency that dedicates itself to providing necessary services for victims of domestic violence. Through its HopeLine® program, Verizon Wireless collects used wireless phones and accessories that are recycled, or refurbished and sold, providing funds to award grants and phones with airtime to domestic violence prevention agencies.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, August 11, 11:30 a.m. — Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 2401 South 1st Street, located next to Miners, in front of Valley Mall

Official ribbon cutting ceremony with Assistant Mayor Neil McClure and check presentation to YWCA of Yakima by Regional President Kelley Kurtzman

  • Kick-off two-week HopeLine® Used Phone Collection Drive at Valley Mall

  • Saturday, August 20 — Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 2401 South 1st Street

    • Verizon Wireless Street Team and H2 Hummer appearance from 11 a.m. — 5 p.m.

    • Radio remote appearance by KFFM FM from 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. and KATS FM from 2 — 5 p.m.

    • Free snow cones, lemonade, and giveaways

    The new store showcases a variety of wireless products and services including a premier line of digital wireless phones in all price ranges and offers opportunities to try popular data services such as TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, NationalAccess wireless Internet access, and Get It Now® applications, which include ring tones, games and more. The store is fully staffed for customer service and technical support, as well as sales, so that customers can speak with Verizon Wireless' highly trained representatives about all their wireless needs. Opportunities for self-service are also provided. The store includes a self-service center, complete with a cash, credit or debit bill payment kiosk. For a limited time only customers may buy a LG6100 camera phone for $29.00 (new two-year agreement required per phone and qualifying plan, valid from 8/20/05 through 9/3/05).

    The Verizon Wireless Communication Store is located at 2401 South 1st Street in Yakima and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. — 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. — 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

    *Loyalty claims based upon publicly available churn (customer turnover) figures.

    About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data 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 To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at  

    About HopeLine2005 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which puts wireless products and services to work to combat domestic violence. Today, HopeLine collects wireless phones and accessories from any wireless carrier and refurbishes or recycles them with proceeds benefiting victims of domestic violence. The environmentally friendly HopeLine Program also provides victims with essential communication tools — wireless phones and wireless services, including voicemail and pre-paid wireless minutes. Donations are accepted at all 1, 900-plus Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can visit