Thursday, August 16, 2012

Media Release: Crocus Credit Union to proceed with Rosser Avenue branch renovation

Crocus Credit Union to proceed with Rosser Avenue branch renovation
$900,000 project expected to modernize branch and improve member service
BRANDON, MANITOBA (August 15, 2012) — Brandon-based Crocus Credit Union has opted to proceed with a $900,000 renovation of its branch at 1016 Rosser Avenue, a move that the credit union says will modernize the location and offer members a more efficient layout in which to conduct their day-to-day banking business.
The decision to proceed with the renovation was reached after member feedback indicated that construction of a new building was not necessary at this time. Instead, the credit union has listened to member suggestions to improve the existing branch, working with Brandon’s Excel Design & Construction and Winnipeg’s Hebert Design Services to develop a complete facelift and reorganization of the downtown location.
Ed Dornn, President of Excel Design & Construction, said “It’s great to see the level of dedication that Crocus Credit Union has to their members, employees, and our community.  The vision for this project was a collaborative effort and we’re looking forward to making that vision a reality with them.”
“After spending well over a year in the planning stages, our board, management and staff are all very excited to see this project finally become a reality,” said Arnie Guist, Chief Executive Officer. “This extensive renovation and the substantial amount of funds we are investing in downtown Brandon are very fitting ways to celebrate our 60th year in the city.”
The renovated branch will feature:
•    a more efficient layout to assist members in conducting their day-to-day banking business;
•    a reorganization of offices for easier access to the employees members see on a  regular basis; and
•    a fully modernized and updated décor.
Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst applauded the credit union for its decision to revitalize its downtown location.
“The City of Brandon is working very hard to achieve a vibrant Downtown Hub, a place where people not only want to work and do business, but want to live and play in as well, ” Decter Hirst said. “Investments like these by businesses that already call the Downtown Hub their home are an important piece of that puzzle. Existing businesses in the downtown should want to remain there, and I’m pleased that Crocus Credit Union is a business that believes in Brandon’s downtown.”
Work on the project is expected to begin the week of August 13, 2012, with the completion of the project scheduled for the end of December 2012. 

About Crocus Credit Union
Crocus Credit Union Limited has been a fixture in Brandon since 1952 and currently has over 3,800 members, an employee group of 25, and manages over $90 million in assets. The credit union also operates two branches and a drive-through ATM machine, all of which are located in Brandon, Manitoba.

Arnie Guist, Chief Executive Officer
Phone:    (204) 729-4808
Tom Maxwell, Renovations Committee Chair
Phone:    (204) 729-4804


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