Comcast opens second Xfinity-branded store

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Vancouver — Comcast cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new Xfinity store, the second of its kind in the nation. It offers a home-style atmosphere and plenty of room to test the giant company’s many products and services.

The 3,200 square-foot service center, located near Westfield Vancouver mall at 8115 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive, replaces a former Comcast service center at 6916 N.E. 40th Drive. It is filled with displays of Comcast’s cable television and Internet services. There are also newer offerings such as home security packages, and demonstrations of televisions linked with iPads and other technologies. It also has a traditional service desk and express pay stations.

Comcast opened its first store under the Xfinity tag last April in Northeast Portland. Two more are planned for 2012 in Oregon and Southwest Washington region, said Comcast regional vice president Hank Fore.

The ribbon-cutting attracted nearly 100 people, including many Comcast employees. Speakers included Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, and Schuyler Hoss of Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office, who read a letter of thanks from the governor.