Dozens of business and community leaders gathered Thursday for the grand opening of the new AT&T store in front of Walmart at 3185 W. Broadway Blvd. The store is a retail showroom that displays everything from phones and tablets to new wearable tech and trackable devices.
“We’re all about customer service,” said Area Retail Sales Manager Hannah Gandt. “We’re here to sell things and to help our customers experience all of our products and services.”
The store opening was from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and served as a preview of everything AT&T will offer. Employees dressed in black AT&T T-shirts told customers about new plans, devices and packages while everyone attending was able to snack on catered food from Ivory Grille and adults were able to drink beers as they walked around. Several AT&T managers and Mayor Steve Galliher also spoke at the event.
“I’ve been an AT&T customer for years,” Galliher said in a short speech. “It’ll be nice to not have to call my son in Columbia to figure out how my phone works.”
Construction on the store started earlier this year when AT&T saw an opportunity to set up their store at a heavily trafficked location. The store is also corporatly owned by AT&T, which is new for Sedalia. The layout is very open, with stations for audio, protection devices, home solutions, wearables, entertainment and tracking laid out in a straightforward manner around a central floor filled with tables and chairs for customers to use.
“We’ve got a great location with great visibility,” said Regional Manager Michael Chambers. “Our representatives can show you how to find solutions to your lifestyle.”
AT&T will also offer two new services, femtocells and the COW, which will help locals get better signal on their mobile devices. Femtocells boost reception and capacity for cell users who have a hard time getting a strong signal. They are mainly for rural customers to boost their signal but can also be used for offices and businesses. The COW is a cellular tower on wheels that will be brought in by AT&T to boost their network during the upcoming Missouri State Fair. The new store and these new services have many local business leaders excited to have AT&T in town.
“We’re so excited to have them here,” said Angie Thompson, Executive Director of the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce. “We talked to them about employment, helped them recruit some. I think you’ll see a lot of people coming into this store.”
The new location is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the store at 826-5423.