Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Jay Williams, 47, worked for nearly a decade selling Cingular phones to businesses.

In August, the Cartersville resident opened a franchise of Wireless Zone in Canton and is now an agent for Verizon Wireless.

The store is only the second Georgia outpost of the privately held, Middletown, Conn.-based company that has been rapidly franchising throughout the eastern United States.

It will open a third store in Georgia by the end of the year, seeking to steal some of the thunder of Cellular Sales, another exclusive Verizon agent with about 20 metro Atlanta stores.

These types of stores are authorized by Verizon and are usually in suburban and exurban locations, while Verizon has its own stores in more urban areas, said Sean Fitzgerald, Wireless Zone’s vice president of franchise development. Unlike Best Buy or Radio Shack, the company offers service only from one provider. More.