NYC Phandroids: Verizon Event Tonight For Evolution 2.0 Store Grand Opening


Verizon has opened its first Evo 2.0 store, a retail experience that looks to change the game among America’s major carriers. Think of it as the Apple store, except this is for all things Verizon and is a lot more exciting than the usual, rather boring corporate store experience. It will be located in Grand Central Station in New York City

It’s the first store of its type in America, and Verizon’s celebrating with a smash-mouth grand opening ceremony. Starting today, September 13th, Verizon will be offering live performances, refreshments, exclusive offers, and more.

For starters, Pentatonix, an a-cappella group from The Sing-Off, will be performing at the location from 4pm to 4:30pm today. It’s the “pre-ceremony” of sorts, but tomorrow calls for even more fun — especially if you’re a New York Giants fans.

The goings-on begin from 12-6, and here are all the things you can look forward to. From 1-3pm Verizon will have the Lombardi trophy that the Giants won in Super Bowl 46 on display, and you can get close enough to take some nice photos with it. We imagine it’ll be surrounded by glass or something, but that’s more than understandable.

There will also be free food and refreshments, including some nice baked goods from Crumbs Bake Shop, WXRK 92.3 NOW FM will be on-hand to provide live entertainment, and those who visit the store between September 14th-30th will be eligible for some exclusive offers that no others can get.

It’s an interesting move by Verizon, but one that is no doubt welcome. Big Red’s attempt to streamline the sales and support of their retail presence is something that you might not think you need, but something you’ll probably appreciate once you visit.

Verizon will be able to show you how their devices can help your life in a more meaningful way. They’ll also be able to offer better in-store workshops to help people learn how to get the most out of their devices and services. See if you can’t clear some time during your lunch period today and tomorrow to check it out. Read on for full press details.




Grand opening to feature Pentatonix, season 3 winners of NBC’s THE SING-OFF;

2012 Super Bowl Trophy will also be on display for New York Giants fans


NEW YORK, NY – Verizon Wireless, owner of America’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, today announced that Grand Central Station, a New York City landmark, will host the first-ever Evolution 2.0 store in the New York Metro Region. The anticipated grand opening of the new store will officially take place on September 14th. As the first Evolution 2.0 location in the New York Metro Region, the Grand Central Station store features an open and inviting floor plan that connects the service center and sales floor, offering added device experience and support for customers.

“We are truly excited to bring our latest Evolution 2.0 store to the New York Metro Region and, specifically, to Grand Central Station—the hub of New York City,” said Pat Devlin, President of the New York Metro Region for Verizon Wireless. “Along with the terrific entertainment and savings being made available to New Yorkers on Friday’s official grand opening, I’m confident that this location, within a New York City landmark, will prove to be a reliable resource that our customers can turn to for all their wireless needs.”

In celebration of the latest Evolution 2.0 store in the historic Grand Central Station, Verizon Wireless will host a two-day grand opening event from September 13th to September 14th, featuring in-store entertainment and exclusive offers for customers. The event will kick off on Thursday, September 13th, a day prior to the official grand opening with a live performance from Pentatonix, the a cappella sensations and winners of season three of NBC’s THE SING-OFF, from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Following Pentatonix’s pre-opening performance, the festivities will continue for the store’s official grand opening on Friday, September 14th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Customers will be able to take photos with the New York Giants’ 2012 Super Bowl Trophy from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., while WXRK 92.3 NOW FM will be on hand to provide additional entertainment. The opening will also provide free food and refreshments, including signature cupcakes from Crumbs Bake Shop.

The Grand Central Station location is Verizon Wireless’ latest Evolution 2.0 Store, and is the first of its kind in the New York Metro Region. The new layout offers consumers an open, inviting and interactive environment for discovery of Verizon Wireless’ devices, accessories and services to explore their wireless needs. Customers enjoy a hands-on experience with the latest 4G LTE smartphones, diverse offering of 4G LTE tablets, and unique devices such as the Verizon Jetpack, and so much more. Store goers can now visualize and experience how these devices will empower their day-to-day lives. Additionally, shoppers can participate in free in-store Wireless Workshops to learn how to maximize the potential of their wireless devices. The Grand Central Station store is located at 420 Lexington Avenue and has hours of Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

In conjunction with the opening event, customers who visit the new Grand Central Station store from September 14th through September 30th will receive exclusive savings and deals, including 50% off any Bluetooth headset $79.99 or less, $75 off any 4G LTE Android Smartphone with a new two-year activation or renewal (data pack required), and a free 4G LTE Hotspot or a free 4G LTE USB Modem with a new two-year activation on a Mobile Broadband plan.

Store Manager Daniel Nieves is also encouraging area residents to join the company in its efforts to help survivors of domestic violence by bringing no-longer-used wireless phones to the new store for donation toHopeLine® from Verizon, a phone recycling program. Through HopeLine, Verizon collects used cell phones to be recycled or sold and donates the proceeds in the form of cash grants and pre-paid wireless phones to advocacy groups for use by survivors.

The Grand Central Station Evolution 2.0 store is one of over 123 Verizon Wireless retail locations in the New York Metro Region.  For a complete list of all Verizon Wireless Stores, visit or call 1-800-2 JOIN IN.  Follow Verizon Wireless on TwitterFacebook and Tumblr.



About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information,  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

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  1. “Evo”? I wonder what Sprint has to say about this… :)

    1. Sprint isn’t Apple

  2. And in return for VZW’s largesse,you get new devices w/even more crapware (McAfee) & outdated O/S’s. Just concentrate on the things that matter VZW & leave the parades to MACY’s.

  3. its an internal name evo stores we call it my store is going to an evo 2 store next week.

  4. Screw a carrier store… how about a Google Experience store

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