RCB Bank begins work on new facility
published on 06/04/2013
The RCB Bank branch affectionately known as the “Farm House” or RCB Bank North branch, at 2019 N. Summit, will receive a major upgrade this summer. Demolition of the current building will begin in mid-June, and a brand new, 3,000 square foot banking center will be built in its place.
“We are very much looking forward to the new building,” said Lonnie McCullough, RCB Bank Arkansas City/Winfield Market President. “The ‘Farm House’ has a lot of character and we appreciate the history of the building, but I think everyone will be pleased once we’re done.”
RCB Bank will be operating out of a modular building during the construction process, which, barring weather delays, will be completed in December. While close to the construction, the temporary facility will remain open and have a banking center inside as well as drive thru and ATM access for customer convenience.
“Operating out of a modular building will be a little uncomfortable for our folks” said McCullough. “But this temporary discomfort is for the long-term goal, which is the bank’s investment in this community. We want to grow here and we want to be able to better serve our customers,” said McCullough.
The new facility will be the center for retail banking at RCB Bank Arkansas City. The North branch hosts much more parking and a spacious interior, including four teller windows, at least four offices for lenders and bank officers as well as five drive thru lanes. The new branch is a departure from current RCB Bank branch designs, and is meant to be sleek and quick with customer access a main priority.
“The downtown location really lends itself more to our business customers, and agricultural lending services,” said McCullough. “We see the North branch as being the place for everyone to come for their CashBack checking account or help financing their new vehicle. Plus the ample parking out here is much more convenient for everyone stopping by.”
Bids for the construction of the building are currently being finalized and include several local vendors and construction crews.
“RCB Bank is a hometown bank and they embody that in everything they do,” said McCullough. “Loan decisions are made locally, and we try to do business with our customers and local companies as often as we can. That hometown, community bank is how we’ve been able to succeed and that’s really what makes us special.”
The current North branch was originally built as a farm house in the 1930s for a local dentist. The facility was remodeled and opened as a bank branch in 1976.
“While it does have a “cozy” feel, the branch is not very conducive for bank business,” said McCullough. “Especially with the rapid changes in banking technology – we just can’t remodel enough rooms to make everything fit. Also, this building is just not very functional for our disabled customers.”
“We’re doing everything we can to ensure that our customers can continue to bank in this location during the construction,” said McCullough. “But the Downtown and Express drive thru locations will remain open and ready for anything we throw their way.”
The temporary facility at 2019 N. Summit is expected to open for business on Monday, June 17th.
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