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Thursday, August 17, 2000
BLACKSTONE OPENS MIAMI STORE
Blackstone, one of the nation's leading providers of prepaid products and services, announced today that the grand opening of its first South Florida Blackstone Online store will be Monday, August 21, 2000, at 10:00am. Blackstone Online, located at 10520 SW 8th Street, in Miami, Florida, will be one of the region's largest retail communications stores, encompassing over 4,000 square feet in size. Blackstone Online stores are currently under construction in several metropolitan markets across the United States. The opening of the South Florida store follows the company's recent opening of its New York location, and features Blackstone's complete line of calling cards and wireless products. Wireless offerings presently include BellSouth Mobility, AT&T Nationwide, and VoiceStream Nationwide plans, plus a vast assortment of Blackstone's state-of-the-art pagers. "We are certain that Blackstone Online stores will be successful in the South Florida marketplace," says Luis Arias, the company's chief executive. "Our selection of long distance and wireless products is unparalleled in this region, and our store will enable consumers to obtain products easier than ever before." Prior to Blackstone store-fronts, consumers purchased their favorite products via existing retail outlets or through Blackstone's website, www.blackstoneonline.com. Blackstone Online stores will simplify the process, and give consumers an opportunity to see and touch the company's entire product line. Blackstone, servicing over 300,000 retail accounts nationwide, has rapidly become one of the country's largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services. Product offerings now include prepaid calling cards, prepaid cellular, prepaid paging, prepaid dial tone, Internet services, and the most technologically advanced point-of-sale activation systems in the marketplace today. For more information on Blackstone products and services, call Mike Acton ( macton@blackstoneonline.com ) at 888.639.9590.