High Country Cellular opens second store in downtown Winter Park
Grand County’s Verizon store, High Country Cellular, has expanded this year with the recent opening of a second location in downtown Winter Park.
High Country Cellular & Electronics is Grand County’s only Verizon authorized retailer. The flagship store, located in Granby, has served customers in Middle Park for several years but this year store owner Holly Wood decided to expand her business with the establishment of a second location in the Fraser Valley. High Country Cellular held formal grand opening ceremonies at their new location, in the strip mall directly north of Hideaway Park, Thursday morning.
High Country Cellular’s Winter Park location held a soft opening in late August and has continued to operate from Suite 2100, between Pepe Osaka’s and Rudi’s Deli, since that time. Winter Park Store Manager Clancy King explained the dynamic in terms of customer services and what is offered at the two different locations.
“Customers can go to either store,” King explained. “They can do bill payments, new phone upgrades, anything Verizon related is available at both stores. We are sister locations with the same great service and quality standards.”
King noted that customers can purchase new phones, accessories and service plans at both stores as well and that the store offers certified unlocked Apple devices, which can be used for all wireless service carriers. Tech experts are available at both locations to service technology devices for customers. According to King the Winter Park location will typically have two to three staff members on duty at any given time able to assist with both sales and servicing related requests.
The decision to open a second High Country Cellular location in Winter Park was based on both a perceived need for such a service in the Fraser Valley as well as good timing in terms of the stores location.
“Holly (Wood) saw an essential need for a cellular store here,” King said. “We are trying to provide service for both parts of the county. We find there are different needs when you are on this side of the county closer to the resort.”
King went on to explain how High Country Cellular’s new store location in downtown Winter Park was one of several looked at by Wood while considering opening a new location.
“Winter Park is going through a lot of growth and development and we saw they were going to be developing this complex,” King said, referencing outdoor construction and parking lot improvements that have been underway this year. “We felt this was the best location, right off the main drag. The timing was impeccable.”
Part of the driving force behind the creation of a second High Country Cellular location in southeastern Grand County was to provide easier access to local residents, resort employees and tourists who might not want to go beyond the Fraser Valley.
“We know that for a lot of people who are in the Winter Park area Granby can be a bit of a drive,” King said.
In an effort to accommodate local workers who might otherwise be on the clock during traditional daytime business hours High County Cellular’s Winter Park location stays open into the early evening. The Winter Park store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The Winter Park location is closed on Sundays and Mondays though they plan to expand hours into Mondays in the near future.
High Country Cellular and Electronics in Winter Park is located at 78737 US Highway 40, Suite 2100. You can reach the store by calling 970-557-4444. You can also check them out online at http://www.hccellularelectronics.com or by going to Facebook and searching High Country Cellular and Electronics.
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