Having had a hand in the retail stores I will say this. The general idea is to have more of the "rural" stores handed off to indirect agents (or closed if no indirect wants to take it over) and keep a few smaller corporate stores in the major metro areas. I would say any new store being built or the old stores being remodeled aren't going anywhere in he foreseeable future.
This model lets Verizon slim down their employee & operational expenses while still making the same amount of money off their major revenue source.....the services they offer.
I reposted this from @11BICyf7-2spb for being on point