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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held at Allstate Office in Malden

Mayor Gary Christenson joined a handful of agents at the Allstate office on Commercial Street for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon in Malden.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Allstate office in Malden. Credit: Mark Ouellette
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the Allstate office in Malden. Credit: Mark Ouellette
Mayor Gary Christenson joined a handful of agents at the Allstate office on Commercial Street for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon in Malden.

Sharlene Wulleman, co-owner of the 1,600-square-foot Allstate office at 146 Commercial St., discussed finding the right location in the city.

"We had looked at a couple of locations in Malden, but this one jumped out to us because of the traffic that comes into the strip mall, the location of the parking and it's very convenient and close to the T as well," said Wulleman, a North Reading resident who has worked in the insurance industry for 16 years.

The ceremony was held at 1 p.m. in front of the Allstate office, which opened May 1. The Malden office is the fifth Allstate location to open in Massachusetts, according to Wulleman.

Since opening their doors to customers, "business has been wonderful," Wulleman said.

"We've been very competitive with the rates, and it has been interesting to see coming from an independent background we had several (insurance) carriers to choose from and Allstate was one company, one brand so it was interesting to see how competitive we would be coming to the state," Wulleman said. "Next year we will be offering homeowners products on Allstate paper because right now we broker that out so we're excited for the changes that are about to come."

In the future, Wulleman has high hopes for the business in Malden.

"We hope to be recognized in the community by families, schools and people moving into the area," she said. "We just want to be a well -known brand and a well-known name in the community."

The office has five employees, including three customer service agents and two salespeople, according to Wulleman.

Moments after the ceremony, Paul Koltsios, co-owner of the Allstate office with Wulleman, received an unexpected business opportunity.

"We actually had (actor) Dan Aykroyd's assistant call while he is in Boston purchasing a car," Koltsios said. "He is looking to do a policy with us so she is just getting all the information to do a quote and set up a policy for Mr. Aykroyd."

For more information, call the Allstate office in Malden at 781-605-2629.
paul surette September 04, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Let me get this straight....tax dollars were spent (as in time is money) by having a ribbon-cutting ceremony for an office....THAT EMPLOYS ONLY 5 PEOPLE? Are you serious?
david mokal September 04, 2013 at 06:51 PM
I find it a good welcoming. Every bussiness the Mayor should be there as well as the ward councilor as well. Glad to see Allstate here even if it is only one person. It's called good Hospitallity.
jirkyrick September 05, 2013 at 09:56 AM
I need to visit,them, I am tired of being ripped of Liberty Mutual and supporting the CEO and the executives of that company, especially after last weeks story about how they treat their employees
david mokal September 05, 2013 at 06:57 PM
I just need insurance. After 36 years with Norfolk Dedham with never a claim they cancelled me. My porches caught fire Dec 7th 2010 at 11:00 pm no fault of electrical,heating,just a discarded cigarett I believe was tossed from next door. Winds at 20 miles an hour from the west. Now Im with The Massachusetts Underwriters which my home insurance is now $3,000. Unbelievable!!!Allstate is welcome anytime to give me an estimate. Laywers,Real Estate, and Insurance Companies have a Licence to steal.
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