by Alex Muto
Public insurance company Allstate has been a presence in the Lewiston area for years, but recently has moved - if only across the street, to 424 Center St. The Lewiston agency's new exclusive agent, Phil Mastantuono, moved in with the company on Nov. 1, 2011.
Though the difference between the new and old business is small, area customers can now earn new savings at the Lewiston location.
Mastantuono explains that logistic aspects of the business, including location and customer base, haven't changed much.
"We are not exactly new to the area," he says, "because we also have a Grand Island office ... (and we have) the same customer base."
The Lewiston agency also sells the same types of insurance as other locations. Mastantuono describes Allstate's offerings as "everything for a customer's whole life - insurance for auto, homeowners', retirement planning, boats, motorcycles ... just about everything!"
The Allstate website explains that, in addition to the types Mastantuono mentioned, the company offers condominium, renters, business, flood, annuities, IRAs and life insurance.
Since the Lewiston business moved, Allstate has gained many new customers in addition to their loyal followers. As Mastantuono notes, since the business changed locations, "we have been adding many more customers to our base because we have new low rates."
These improved rates are largely exclusive to the Niagara County region. As Mastantuono says, "Niagara County has great rates. We have taken two rate decreases so far this year in February and in April. That's a big deal."
While these savings vary, as there are different "tiering levels" specific to the customer, they are a new offering attractive to potential customers seeking good rates for insurance.
Mastantuono explains that he has enjoyed working at the Lewiston location, and tries to take advantage of everything the beautiful town has to offer. While discussing working in Lewiston, he says, "It's awesome here - I love Lewiston. I get to walk down Center Street for lunch or to bring my dogs out during work. My wife and I now try to get dinner here two days a week or so."
He is enthusiastic about spending time at the Lewiston location and would be happy to serve more customers.
"Just walk right in" to get started, he invites potential customers.
Hours:The business is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The agency also offers Saturday times by appointment.