ROCHESTER, NY — Verizon Wireless has expanded its local retail presence with the addition of a new store in the BJ's Wholesale Club in Greece, New York. The new store is located in the BJ's location at 300 Bellwood Drive. The "store-within-a-store" concept provides BJ's customers with easy access to the latest wireless phones, devices and accessories, plus a variety of service plans on the nation's most reliable wireless network.
The new Greece store joins 20 other Verizon Wireless kiosks that have opened in BJ's locations throughout Upstate New York. The new kiosk will create five new retail sales and management jobs locally.
The new Greece Verizon Wireless store in BJ's Wholesale Club is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm.
"Today's busy lifestyles require all of us to combine errands and shopping trips whenever possible," said Marquett Smith, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "Our new BJ's location is an important part of our effort to meet our customers where they shop. By placing Verizon Wireless employees in BJ's locations, customers get added convenience and assistance from the best wireless salespeople in the industry."
BJ's members will be able to take advantage of the same convenient services available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, including account look-up and bill payments. Verizon Wireless will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the BJ's kiosk, including hiring, inventory, displays and any interior or exterior signage. BJ's members can expect the same high-quality products and services they would receive in a standalone Verizon Wireless Communications Store.
Strong demand for Verizon Wireless services continued during the third quarter of 2006 as the company added 1.9 million net new customers. Verizon Wireless is the leader in wireless customer loyalty, posting a record-breaking low customer turnover rate of 1.2% in the third quarter, well below the rate reported by the other major wireless carriers.
Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion - on average $5 billion every year - since the company was formed six years ago to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and to add new capabilities. In the Upstate New York area, Verizon Wireless has invested nearly $500 million in its wireless network in the past three years to stay ahead of the growing demand for the company's voice and data services, including two-way TXT Messaging, Picture Messaging, the company's exclusive VCAST service that brings TV and other multimedia services to wireless phones, and BroadbandAccess which offers customers the fastest, most widely available broadband wireless network in the nation, operating at average speeds between 400-700 kbps.
Including the new BJ's location, Verizon Wireless owns and operates 14 retail locations in the Rochester area and 89 across Upstate New York.
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About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 57 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 60,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.####