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Verizon Wireless store latest casualty on Long Island.

The Verizon Wireless location in Miller Place has shut down, and is reportedly one of many Verizon franchises now closed on Long Island following a contract dispute.

ZCom Wireless, which runs close to 120 NYC area stores, 90 which are are subleased, had its contract with Verizon Wireless discontinued. This has resulted in the closing of some stores on the Island, the latest being the Miller Place location.

According to a report in the New York Post from December, ZCom filed a lawsuit against Verizon Wireless alleging that the company artificially inflated pre-paid activation numbers in order to boost profits.

Miller Place store owner Rick Pere left a sign on the window reading "Verizon Wireless Miller Place is closed due to big corporations not caring about the little guy." He also thanked his loyal costumers in the note, and said he enjoyed serving the community for the last 10 years.

"They allowed some of the stores to reopen and not others," Pere said. "I’d say about 50 of us are closed around Long Island now."

Pere said even after the contract with ZCom was discontinued in December, he was never sure whether or not his store would remain open until February when he was told his store would be a casualty.

BillLongisland March 02, 2012 at 06:32 PM
What do you know, there was a tattoo parlor there too, and that's vacant ! "Tattoo Parlors" are suppposed to be the new "desination stores", that anchor strip malls in our locality ! Where is that "Visioning" by our Community Elders ? The blaming "big corporations" is a little silly for a transient business like a phone store, though.
BillLongisland March 02, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I would also be more concerned that any association with the socalled "Occupy Movement" ain't going to help you... Protest at Verizon Store Long Island Progressive Coalition holds rally on economic fairness. By Deirdre Burns February 17, 2012 http://massapequa.patch.com/articles/massapequa-group-representing-the-99-percent
Kathy Rousseau March 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
You were great to deal with over the years Rick- good luck in whatever comes next for you.
BillLongisland March 03, 2012 at 09:04 AM
Admit it Rick, you didn't have the best location in the World, there. First of all it was in, what is primarily a residential area at the "butt end" of 25A, nowhere near the action of Miller Place Road and Route 25A. You were located a considerable distance from Route 25A itself with No visual advertising to speak of for your business, and "sandwiched between", for some time of your existence, a very small "store front" bar, and at one time there was a tattoo parlor on the other side. What kind of customer attraction is that ? Next to 2 vacant stores ! At one end, there is a beauty salon, at the other end a paint store. While the paint store gave you "traffic", you have admit, only if someone was seeking you out, intentionally, it's The Only Way you were you going to get any customers. Verizon, if they are the Real culprits to your store's demise, did you a favor.
Tom March 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Now where do I go? The Mall, not a chance. I'm not standing on line for an hour to talk to someone. Maybe it's time to look at a different carrier.
BillLongisland March 03, 2012 at 02:01 PM
You are kidding us right ? These phone stores are a "dime a dozen" now, and, in the end, they have the same prices ! What I like about them is how they re-package used merchandise, in "new" packaging...and very ineptly too ! Go online to Verizon, you would be better off !
Emton March 03, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Not a surprise. I had a very negative experience at this location when I asked about purchasing a new smartphone and was told that in order to so I would need to purchase at least $50 in accessories because the phone was in such high demand (although, I bought the phone at a different store later that day without a problem). This is a lousy way to treat your prospective customers and I don't think Verizon approves of extortion.
The G Master March 03, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Rick you can't treat your own customers like crap and expect them to come back. You were your own worse enemy and you deserved to go out of business. Just because you operated for 10 years doesn't mean a thing in the business world. Obviously, Verizon thought they had a better business operator/franchise elsewhere . That said, I thought George was a good guy to deal with at the counter. He knew the products well and was very friendly and helpful.


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