Community First Credit Union has officially opened its newest, freestanding branch in Neptune Beach. Credit union board, leaders, staff and local elected officials and business leaders celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting on Tues., Feb. 11. Community First purchased the former bank branch and property at 1425 Atlantic Blvd. in December 2018 which underwent a total exterior and interior renovation to transform the branch into the credit union’s modern design.
The current in-line shopping center location of Community First at 1650 San Pablo Rd. has relocated to the new Neptune Beach location. The new building is about 4,000 square feet and sits on two acres. Renovations and remodeling adopted the coastal design and architectural features of Community First’s nearest location in Jacksonville Beach.
“We are excited to unveil our newest branch to our members and the community,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “Community First has long served the beaches and Intracoastal West areas but this branch solidifies our commitment to improved services and in-branch experience.”
The improvements and expansion included adding an exterior tower, a feature in all its new branches. The location now offers members drive-thru teller windows and a drive-thru ATM, which the San Pablo location lacked.
The interior features a redesign for modern banking including an open floor plan, bright colors and advanced technologies. The branch experience includes full- and self-service and assisted service options. Specialized financial experts are instantly available through the credit union’s Expert Nearby solution.
The branch is part of the credit union’s Branch Transformation Project, the institution’s most aggressive and comprehensive branch and facilities upgrade and update in its history which seeks to align physical branch locations with modern banking needs and customer uses. TTV Architects designed the building and Auld & White performed the renovation.
A free and public grand opening event is planned for Sat., Feb. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit http://bit.ly/c1-neptune-beach.
Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 144,000 members and with assets of $1.8 billion. Community First has 19 locations and 340 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information visit www.communityfirstfl.org.
Maria Coppola, APR, CPRC