The new Russell Cellular Verizon retailer in Fort Scott celebrated its recent opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning in the presence of city and local business leaders.
Russell Cellular began providing services out of Battlefield, Mo., 22 years ago, but has since grown to have stores in 23 states and is now the sixth largest of its kind in the United States, according to district manager Eddie Hash.
“We try to provide any type of service you need,” Hash said, whether that is in sales or phone repairs.
While they are bringing a new business to residents of Fort Scott, Hash said their goal is to also get involved in the community through events such as their No Text and Drive campaign, which will include events at the store and possibly the high school, and their current drive to raise money for Dolly the Trolley.
Currently, the local trolley is parked in front of the Verizon store off Highway 69. Customers that make a donation toward the trolley this week will be able to win varying levels of prizes such as water bottles or phone accessories.
The Verizon store brings with it two employees, though Hash said they hope to grow the store and add more employees.
April Courtney, who grew up in Moran and has grandparents living in Fort Scott, said it is nice to be back in the area, where she had always hoped to live. Brian Tavernaro lives near Pittsburg with his wife and three young children and said he enjoys the atmosphere of Fort Scott.
“We’re really looking forward to being part of the community,” Tavernaro said of the new business and its employees.