Northwest Community Credit Union has moved to a new location only 200 yards from the old Green location.
The branch opened on Monday at 4900 Grange Road after renovations that started in August. Branch Manager Tammy Furman said she received only positive feedback about the new space on opening day.
“The first day was wonderful,” Furman said. “We were really busy and the members were really happy about the building.”
The credit union bought the building in April for $525,000 after Umpqua Bank moved out. Jen McFadden, the Director of Marketing and Brand Development, said the new location is a short distance from the old branch, but is better for access, bigger, has drive-thru lanes and owned by the company.
“We had the option to get some updated furniture and put some paint on the walls — make it feel like us,” McFadden said. “It’s a good opportunity to own our building and then we’re really able to do what we’d like to do and that’s to grow in that area and grow our branch there.”
Northwest Community Credit Union was founded in 1949 in Oregon and is headquartered in Eugene. Chief Operating Officer Melissa Vigil said in a press release the institution is committed to growing and serving in Oregon.
“This new location is owned rather than leased,” Vigil said. “We are investing here for the future, a part of our promise to members to continue to create opportunities in our regions throughout Oregon.”
McFadden said more space in financial institutions normally translates to more privacy and the drive-thru lanes make going to the bank easier for people who have small children or struggle to get in and out of the car.
The Green location has five employees currently and Furman said she is waiting to see how it goes before they consider hiring another person, but she did move her part-time employee to full-time during the renovation.
“The location we were in was very very small and we outgrew it,” Furman said. “It was very small, but cozy. Members were really excited about it because it’s so nice. We’re just happy to be in new digs.”