Verizon Wireless' New Santa Rosa Communications Store Reveals New "Evolutionary" Design

WALNUT CREEK, CA — Verizon Wireless will break new ground in wireless retail this week when it celebrates the opening of its newest Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Santa Rosa, California. The store is the next evolution in the wireless retail experience, offering consumers hands-on interaction with wireless voice, data, music and video services in a sleek, new full-service environment. The new store is located at 2510 Santa Rosa Avenue.

About the store

  • Interactive "demo bar" guided by knowledgeable staff

  • Integrated systems and operational enhancements designed to streamline the sales process and increase customer satisfaction.

  • Check-in kiosk enables customers to sign in on arrival and stay informed via monitors that track their place in the queue for service

  • Roomy and easy to locate technical assistance and customer support areas with interactive displays

"Verizon Wireless is committed to providing customers with a hassle-free shopping experience as well as easy access to support services, " said Rich Garwood, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "Our new 4,000 square-foot Santa Rosa store provides plenty of space for both retail and customer service areas to accommodate all customer needs."

The grand opening will be marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 30, starting at 4:30 p.m. Local dignitaries, law enforcement leaders and community advocates are expected to participate in the event. Local residents are invited to attend and are encouraged to bring old cell phones and accessories they no longer use (from any wireless provider) for donation to the Verizon Wireless HopeLine® program.

To commemorate the opening of this state-of-the-art store, Verizon Wireless will donate $1,000 to YWCA Sonoma County, as part of the national Verizon Wireless Hopeline program. For over 30 years, the YWCA Sonoma County has been the acknowledged community leader in providing domestic violence services for Sonoma County families, through the county's only confidential safe house, therapeutic preschool and 24-hour hotline. YWCA Sonoma County serves more than 10,000 people each year.

Through the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any service provider are recycled, or refurbished and sold. Verizon Wireless uses the proceeds to award grants and to donate wireless phones with prepaid airtime to local shelters and non-profit organizations to aid survivors of domestic violence. This year, Verizon Wireless has awarded more than $400,000 in grants, and donated nearly 1,400 phones and more than 4 million minutes of use to domestic violence agencies throughout California.

About the company's commitment: Verizon Wireless is committed to offering the best possible wireless experience -- quality products and services on the nation's most reliable wireless network and superior customer service at more than 2,300 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide, including Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and Verizon Wireless Stores at Circuit City. Customers can also shop and get account information by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN or by going online at  

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 63.7 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 68,000 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 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 HopeLine® Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. The national HopeLine program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence advocacy groups and provides an environmentally safe method of recycling phones. Donations are accepted at any Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information, customers can also visit