Denver, August 7, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that customers can now purchase a complete bundle of services - digital voice, high-speed Internet, wireless and digital TV - at King Soopers locations throughout the Front Range, from Boulder to Colorado Springs, Aurora to Golden.
Qwest is the only communications provider to offer services in King Soopers locations. Qwest will operate 22 retail kiosks on a weekly rotation throughout the 83 Front Range King Soopers locations. Each kiosk will be staffed by a trained representative who will provide the same customer service, product information and expertise customers find at all Qwest retail stores. The Qwest kiosks will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Qwest remains the only communications provider in the industry that offers a full-service retail environment where customers can get expert advice and purchase digital voice, high-speed Internet, wireless and digital TV - all with personal, face-to-face assistance. Additionally, each King Soopers Qwest kiosk representative can make feature changes and assist with technical support.
"Qwest's partnership with King Soopers means great convenience for customers," said Jim Vogel, Qwest vice president of sales. "By expanding our retail presence across the Front Range, we are making it even easier for customers to do business with Qwest."
"King Soopers is continually looking to enhance the shopping experience for our customers, and this partnership with Qwest allows us to provide comprehensive and valuable services while continuing to deliver excellent personal service to customers," said Katie Wolfram, vice president of merchandising at King Soopers.
Qwest continues to offer customers new ways to learn about and choose its many services. Qwest sells a complete bundle of communications services in 99 Qwest Solutions Centers and more than 1,000 other retail locations throughout the company's 14-state local service territory. Additionally, residential customers can visit Qwest's Web site at www.qwest.com or call 1 800-244-1111 to get information and purchase any Qwest services.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With nearly 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the "Spirit of Service" and providing world-class services that exceed customers' expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
About King Soopers
King Soopers, Colorado's own full-service retail grocery chain, opened the doors of its first store in June of 1947 as the embodiment of the dream of its founder, Lloyd King. Today the company employs 15,453 people and has 142 stores. The company's commitment as a good corporate citizen falls into four major categories: feeding the hungry, helping the children, supporting women's health issues, and participating in important civic events. King Soopers' mission is to be a leader in the distribution and merchandising of food, health, personal care, and related consumable products and services. By achieving this objective, we will satisfy our responsibilities to shareowners, associates, customers, suppliers, and the communities we serve.
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