AT&T opens its first area store of the future in Kansas City, Kan.

08/29/2014 2:06 PM

08/29/2014 3:51 PM

AT&T on Friday opened its first area store of the future at 10620-A Parallel Parkway in Kansas City, Kan.

The new store is the result of more than two years of research that focused on how to create a more interactive and inviting store environment, AT&T said. The wireless telecommunications company opened its first redesigned store on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2012.

The 3,000-square-foot Parallel Parkway store is the company’s first in Kansas to undergo a makeover. Two have opened in Missouri, in Sedalia and Ellisville.

AT&T has about 2,300 company-owned retail stores nationwide, including about 20 in the Kansas City area. The company did not say how many area stores will be upgraded.

The store layout highlights AT&T’s products and services, devices and accessories across three zones: a “connected experience zone,” featuring music, home security and entertainment products; a “community zone,” with space for accessories, apps and other devices; and an “explore zone” that includes AT&T’s main lineup of devices and accessories.

“Customers visiting our Kansas City store will discover an interactive shopping experience built around their mobile lifestyle,” Nancy Garvey, vice president-general manager for AT&T’s Greater Midwest Region, said in a statement.

The company also announced a new promotion in which new and existing customers who activate a new line with a smartphone on AT&T’s Next service will receive a $100 bill credit.

To reach Steve Rosen, call 816-234-4879 or send email to srosen@kcstar.com.

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