|September opening scheduled for Gering Bank|
|August 15, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
With scaffolding surrounding the building, progress toward completion might not be evident, but the new Gering branch of Platte Valley Bank is on schedule for a September opening.
“We’ll be announcing a grand opening soon, along with all the details,” said Mindy Burbach, director of marketing for Platte Valley Companies. “We might be a little behind schedule with all the challenging weather, but we always thought the grand opening would be in September.”
Groundbreaking ceremonies were scheduled last January on the new bank branch, located at 1850 10th St., across from McDonalds. The 4,100 square foot full service bank will include a drive-up window and ATM. There will also be a community room for non-profit and service organizations to utilize.
All of the construction will be done locally. Anderson and Shaw are the general contractors on the project, which was designed by Baker and Associates and Studio 120 Architecture. All subcontractors will also be local companies.
Tammy Hoffman, who has been with Platte Valley Bank since 2007, has been named as the new branch manager. Starting in 1997, Hoffman has worked in different financial departments, including mortgage and consumer lending.
“Things are really moving along and we’ll have our new staff in there soon,” Burbach said. “The signage is going up soon as well.”
During the groundbreaking, Platte Valley Companies President and CEO Hod Kosman said they had been looking for a location in Gering for years, but until this year wasn’t able to acquire enough land to build the kind of facility they wanted. He added it was worth the wait because location is so important for any business.
Gering Mayor Ed Mayo, who also attended the groundbreaking ceremony, said the new location will not only benefit Gering, but also boost prospects for downtown revitalization.