Pierz residents looking for a local place to shop for insurance, now have a new choice.
Advantage 1 Insurance Agency, based out of St. Cloud, recently opened a location in Pierz, in the Pierz Floral building.
RaeAnn Waytashek, an agent with the company, said the decision came as the company had clients, and workers from the area, including herself and Cindy Boser, who will be working full-time at the office.
Advantage 1 began in St. Cloud in 1994, before expanding to Long Prairie, Sauk Centre, Holdingford and Albany.
“We’ve just kind of branched out into local communities,” Waytashek said.
Advantage 1 Vice President Andy Noble said the company feels being where its customers are is important.
“We just see a large value in being as close to our clients as we can be, and still be efficient,” Noble said.
The company wants to be able to provide local service to its growing number of clients in the Pierz area, Noble said.
Waytashek said the company’s clients appreciate having an office they can go to if they have questions, rather than just speaking to someone on the phone, as well as having local agents that can make a house call if something is wrong.
“They’re (customers) are happy to have somewhere to come in and see us,” Waytashek said.
The staff focuses on being good members of the community, Waytashek said.
“We feel strongly about serving our communities. We’re all very active in them and we support them,” Waytashek.
Advantage 1’s goal is to help people review their plans and look for things that need to be protected.
Overall, Waytashek said the move into the Pierz location has gone well and the local customers have been happy about the addition.
Noble said the move is expected to increase the level of service current clients already get, while allowing the company to expand even more in the Pierz area.
For more information about Advantage 1 in Pierz, call the office at (320) 468-4000.