People gathered Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the new Verizon-Wireless Zone in downtown Mason.
Members of the Mason Chamber of Commerce was present, as well as Mason mayor Leon Clark, enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Verizon has been open since Aug. 21 and since then has been a “brilliant” fit in Mason, according to store manager Sherman Norman.
Norman said that creating relationships and having the will to meet people have been important in opening the store in a new community.
“It’s all about the willingness to get out there and get yourself known within the community,” he said. “Create relationships early. Before the store even opened we were already in town and creating relationships.
“Going to some of the events in town so that when we opened, we kind of established a few relationships that were critical within the community.”
Director of sales Jason Tracey said the staff has been getting involved in the community of Mason by participating in the Sun Dried Music Festival on its opening weekend, bringing 16,000 people to their front door, as well as concerts downtown every week.
“We’re all about being part of the community,” he said. “Getting out and doing something for the community, and being a part of it, there is no place to be in Mason than here.”
Tracey said the store sees most its customers from Mason but has seen people from Dansville, Eaton Rapids and Leslie, as those surrounding areas don’t have a Verizon store.
Store customer Shireen Luther said Verizon has been “extremely helpful” since moving to Verizon in September and that they have fit into the community smoothly.
“They’ve been right involved,” she said. “They’ve joined the Chamber (of Commerce), they do a lot of business within town and everybody in town recognizes that and appreciates that.”
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