Community Bank plans major remodel on downtown Walla Walla branch

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Community Bank’s downtown Walla Walla branch is in for a major remodel starting mid-February.

A modified drive-up lane for easier access for larger vehicles, a modernized interior for the benefit of customer service and privacy, and updates to the exterior and landscaping to complement other downtown businesses are the focus of the upgrades, according to an announcement from the bank.

The work starts Feb. 17. Customers will not be able to use the branch until it re-opens for business April 21. Customers are instead encouraged to visit the branches in College Place, 1288 S.E. Commercial Drive, and Milton-Freewater, 504 N. Main St. Employees from downtown will be relocated to the College Place branch throughout construction.

“Over the long-term, this project should improve the banking experience for our customers in the Valley as well as Community Bank customers throughout Eastern Oregon that utilize the downtown branch when visiting Walla Walla,” said Community Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Moran, in a prepared statement. “The project also continues to demonstrate our investment and commitment to the Walla Walla community.”

Construction is led by general contractor WC Construction of Elgin, Ore. Eleven of the 13 subcontractors on the project come from within the bank’s immediate service area, the announcement said. That include Hays Electric, Smith Brothers Lawn Care & Landscaping and others from the Walla Walla Valley.

Lobby hours at alternate locations are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The drive up windows at both branches operate 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The College Place branch has a drive-up ATM, and Milton-Freewater’s has a walk-up ATM. To learn more about the Joseph, Ore.,-based bank’s ranches, visit communitybanknet.com.

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