published Friday, October 5th, 2012

Red Bank to host Verizon retail hub

The former Blockbuster store is being turned into new Verizon store on Dayton Blvd.
The former Blockbuster store is being turned into new Verizon store on Dayton Blvd.
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

One of the nation's largest Verizon Wireless retailers plans to open a regional hub in Red Bank.

Cellular Sales of Knoxville Inc. is spending about $333,000 to revamp a former Blockbuster store on Dayton Boulevard, said Rob Stinnett, the company's regional director.

"It's an area of town that has been under-serviced," he said. "It didn't have a distribution point to fit the needs of customers."

The site will hold a 4,500-square-foot showroom, Stinnett said. It also will have 1,500 square feet for office space as the company makes the location its headquarters for Chattanooga and the region, he said.

"It will be the hub for the Chattanooga area," Stinnett said. The opening is set for Nov. 1, he said.

"It's a lot of work to get it looking like our stores," Stinnett said.

Tiffany Deluccia, a Verizon spokeswoman, said the store will be an authorized retailer for the company.

"It will have all the Verizon products and services," she said.

Stinnett said the new full-service Verizon store will employ about 15 people.

"We want to provide the area with a top-notch store," he said.

Stinnett said the expansion is part of Cellular Sales' growth plan for the area. It already has stores off Highway 58 and Brainerd Road, he said.

The regional director said Cellular Sales has about 500 stores nationwide.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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