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New Verizon Wireless retailer opens in Perham

Erin Holtberg (left) and Paula Gerlach opened a new store in Perham offering Verizon Wireless phones and accessories. Photo by Ashley Bergen.

While many across the country are waiting with baited breath for Apple's iPhone 4 to be available at Verizon on Feb. 10, now there's another chance to pick one up in Perham.

The city has a new Verizon Wireless premium retailer. The store, operated under Z Wireless, opened on Jan. 13 in the Blue Sky Mall under the management of Erin Holtberg.

At the store folks can start new services, renew contracts, pay bills, and get new phones such as Droid smartphones, Internet services and accessories. In addition to the services offered at a Verizon store, Holtberg and associate Paula Gerlach hope to offer customers special service.

"We're looking at providing a different kind of experience than people are used to with going in a cell phone store," Holtberg said. "We're looking at offering a personalized experience."

Holtberg, a native of New York Mills, worked in Detroit Lakes before coming to Perham.

"I've always thought Perham would be a great place for a store," she said. "People would come from Perham to see me in DL."

As for troubles with phones, Holtberg said she can't do warranty replacement at the store, but can try to troubleshoot the problem.

She said the most popular phone at the moment is the Droid, which operates similar to an iPhone, having thousands of applications, games, movies, music, sports, weather and more.

Holtberg and Gerlach invite the public to come in and meet them during a grand opening this week. There will be sales on Droid phones and accessories.

The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 218-346-5880.

The store is located at 650 3rd Ave. SE in Perham.