UFC’s Michael Chiesa at Xfinity Store opening

On Saturday, Feb. 2, Comcast will host a grand opening of its new XFINITY Store in Frederickson, near South Hill and Puyallup. The 3,200-square-foot center creates 10 new jobs in Pierce County. Comcast will celebrate this new connection to the community by welcoming Michael Chiesa (see below), the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Live,” and by donating $5,000 to two offices that support military personnel and their families at nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“It’s exciting to see Comcast’s concrete investment in the growing Frederickson and South Hill areas. And 10 new jobs will make a difference in many lives,” said Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy.  “It’s great to see Comcast’s commitment to the Pierce County community with the addition of the new XFINITY store.”

Michael Chiesa“We’re proud to provide our customers with a place where they can experience our XFINITY products and services firsthand and check out the latest technology in an interactive environment,” said Len Rozek, senior vice president of Comcast’s Washington Region. “This new model has a more welcoming design, and most important, a new attitude as we apply the same mindset of innovation, speed and utility that our customers love about our products to our customer service.”

The new XFINITY Store is at 5614 176th St E, Puyallup, by the Safeway and Starbucks in Canyon Crossing. The service center features 55”-flat-screen TVs and a comfortable seating area.  Customers also can try out Comcast’s converged services and popular apps on iPad’s, like the XFINITY TV app.  Kiosks around the center also provide customers with the opportunity to experience XFINITY TV and try out next-generation XFINITY Home Security.

The XFINITY Customer Service Center will be open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are plans to open on Sundays by the end of February.  It will serve customers throughout the Frederickson, South Hill, Puyallup, Parkland, Spanaway and Joint  Base Lewis-McChord areas as well as many other parts of Pierce County.

Comcast will celebrate the opening by welcoming UFC lightweight fighter Michael Chiesa to the store from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m on Saturday, Feb. 2. Chiesa, who is from Spokane, won season 15’s The Ultimate Fighter. He is undefeated in his professional MMA career with 8 wins and 0 losses. Chiesa will face Anton Kuivanen on Feb. 23 at UFC 157 in Anaheim, CA.

At noon, Comcast will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony that celebrates community with donations to two services that do important work at JBLM within the JBLM Family & Morale, Recreation and Welfare office: the Wounded Warrior Fund and the Survivor Outreach Services Fund.

The center in Frederickson is the second of its kind in Western Washington with the new design; the first opened in Federal Way in March 2012. The third store will open later this year in Factoria, with plans for two more opening in 2013.   Comcast currently has 14  service centers located throughout Western Washington and Spokane.