Verizon ribbon-cutting comes with check to help teen girls

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -  There are new digs for Verizon Wireless in west Huntsville -- a smart store.

"We have evolved not only our business but our retail locations as well," said regional manager Tariq Muhammad. "We're shifting from a cell phone company to a technology company."

The new store replaces one on University Drive that closed in December. The new 'smart store' design is designed in lifestyle zones, with everything from phone cases to fitness toys.

But the ceremony breaking in the new location came with a cause.

"We made a charitable contribution to the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama in support of their Smart Girls program," said Mack Brewer, floating manager for the north Alabama Verizon region.

The $1,000 grant comes from HopeLine: the cell company's initiative to give donated cell phones to domestic abuse victims. The Smart Girls effort to teach the dangers of high risk behavior makes it a perfect fit.

"The grant, I think it will tie in perfectly with HopeLine because we're trying to reach kids at an early age so later they won't need a program like HopeLine," said Patrick Wynn, chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Club of North Alabama.