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    Verizon Wireless Stores-Within-Stores Rolling Out to Over 128 BJ's Wholesale Clubs

    NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club here has struck an agreement to have Verizon Wireless' store-within-a-store concept in more than 128 of the retailer's locations. As the result of the partnership between Verizon Wireless and BJ's, the club store's customers will now have easy access to the latest wireless phones, devices, and accessories, as well as an assortment of service plans.

    NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club here has struck an agreement to have Verizon Wireless' store-within-a-store concept in more than 128 of the retailer's locations. As the result of the partnership between Verizon Wireless and BJ's, the club store's customers will now have easy access to the latest wireless phones, devices, and accessories, as well as an assortment of service plans.

    Said BJ's s.v.p. and director of sales operations Ken Hayes in a statement: "Our members will benefit greatly because now they can shop our clubs to fulfill their household needs and have the convenience of an industry-leading, on-site wireless store."

    "This relationship is important to Verizon Wireless' effort to meet our customers where they shop," noted Verizon v.p.-national distribution John Colaiuti. "The customers walking into BJ's are the same people who want Verizon Wireless service. They place a premium on quality, service, and value. By placing Verizon Wireless employees in the BJ's locations, customers also get added convenience and assistance from the best wireless sales people in the industry."

    BJ's customers will be able to take advantage of convenient services available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, among them account look-up and bill pay. Verizon Wireless will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the BJ's kiosks, including hiring, inventory, displays, and any interior or exterior signage. Service and products will be the same as those available at a standalone Verizon Wireless Communications Store.

    Bedminster, N.J.-based Verizon Wireless offers a wide array of wireless services, including BroadbandAccess, wireless broadband service with download speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second, V CAST, Verizon Wireless' multimedia service, and Get It Now, the virtual shopping mall of services offering hundreds of applications for downloading such items as games, ring tones, and productivity tools.

    BJ's currently operates 159 clubs and 85 gas stations in 16 states.

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