WiFi Calling Innovator Republic Wireless Launches Retail Beta in Downtown Raleigh

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WiFi calling innovator Republic Wireless opens special “home environment” pop-up retail concept designed to engage with customers face-to-face. The pop-up shop will showcase everyday connectivity experiences in our homes as well as experiences including one-on-one and small group learning / member support as well as local special events.

WiFi Calling innovator opens its first pop-up shop in Raleigh, North Carolina

WiFi Calling innovator opens its first pop-up shop in Raleigh, North Carolina

Republic is about ‘People first’ and we felt the time was right to take on a fresh approach to truly connecting with our customers. We want to stand for celebrating people and the ‘real’ moments we have with each other – people experiencing life to its fullest while still staying connected.

WiFi calling innovator Republic Wireless presents its inaugural pop-up shop, designed to help consumers think about wireless service in a new light. The Republic pop-up shop will showcase everyday “connectivity” experiences in our homes, host special events with local customers and partners, as well as engage in one-on-one and small group learning and support sessions. The shop will also be an opportunity to browse and learn about the products offered by Republic and its partners without the hard sales tactics common throughout the industry.

Designed to feel like a real life home, the Republic store, located at 17 East Martin St. in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina opens October 2, 2017. A ribbon cutting on October 6, 2017 at 6pm in coordination with the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance is also planned.

“I am really excited. This is a new venture and a big milestone for us – opening our doors as a pop-up shop. Republic is very proud to call Raleigh ‘home’ so it’s fitting that our first initiative is here. There is such a dynamic, authentic energy in downtown so it is a perfect setting for us. Plus, we love being able to partner with local groups including the Raleigh Chamber, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, LM Restaurants, Raleigh Provisions and others to help bring our vision to life,” said Chris Chuang, co-founder and CEO of Republic Wireless.

“Why a pop-up shop? Republic is about ‘People first’ and we felt the time was right to take on a fresh and literally face-to-face approach to truly connecting with our customers. We want to stand for celebrating people and the ‘real’ moments we have with each other – people experiencing life to its fullest while still staying smartly connected. Our pop-up shop, staffed entirely by employees from our headquarters, allows us to start this deeper conversation. While this is a beta concept, if all goes as we are hoping, it is conceivable we could expand upon the concept,” Chuang added.

Through the end of the year, the Republic store will be center stage for special events, demos, featured experiences, personal member support, and community participation including:

  • NCFC Day 10/7: We’ll host members of the NCFC and give away tickets to the NC Courage playoff game on 10/8
  • Workshops: Weekly, put on by RW staff
  • First Friday celebrations in partnership with LM Restaurants
  • Reading and art events in partnership with Read With Me
  • Raleigh Provisions snacks and Pine State coffee

“We are excited to welcome a great, locally owned company like Republic Wireless to downtown for the remainder of 2017. Pop-ups like these allow our community to learn more about local companies and lets these retailers test their concepts and get more exposure. Plus, pop-ups bring an extra boost to our retail base during the fall and holiday season,” said Bill King, Senior Director of Planning and Development for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

About Republic Wireless

Recognized for offering the best basic plan by MONEY Magazine, a top pre-paid carrier choice by Consumer Reports and for excellence in user satisfaction by PC Magazine, Republic Wireless is on a mission to provide remarkably simple and affordable ways to stay truly connected. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Republic Wireless leverages the power of both WiFi and nationwide cellular networks and gives consumers the ultimate flexibility to manage costs. The service uses WiFi in the home, office or anywhere else as the primary network for calls, texts and data. When outside of WiFi coverage, the smartphone works just like a typical smartphone on the cellular networks of national GSM and CDMA carriers. For more information. Media resource center here.

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