TUPELO – The Verizon Wireless store on North Gloster opens today at 9 a.m., marking a major push by the national phone company to enter the Tupelo market.
New Jersey-based Verizon quietly entered the market when it bought Unicel in a nearly $2.7 billion deal announced in 2007, and thus inherited the Unicel location in the Shoppes at Barnes Crossing. The three-year-old Unicel store has since converted to a Verizon Wireless location.
The new 4,500-square-foot standalone building across the street will replace the Shoppes store, according to manager Bernard Prude.
Prude managed the old location and now is the manager of the new store.
The new store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Eventually, the store will open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At today’s soft opening, Verizon is giving away balloons to kids. A grand opening is planned June 6.
The new store has a retail sales floor and an area for customer service and repairs.
Plans call for 10 to 15 employees, Prude said, and he is still hiring.
With the closing of its acquisition of Alltel Corp. on Jan. 9, Verizon Wireless is the country’s largest wireless carrier with more than 80 million subscribers.
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