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New, larger Dollar Bank plan for Richland Mall gets officials OK

| Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A total makeover is on the drawing board for the Dollar Bank at Richland Mall.

“We're going to build a new branch, but the current bank will remain open while the new one is being built,” said Joseph B. Smith, senior vice president of marketing for Dollar Bank.

“It's going to be a much larger branch,” Smith said.

Richland supervisors unanimously approved the bank's land-development plans at their June 19 meeting.

“We're glad that you're making the investment,” township manager Dean Bastianini told Dollar Bank Vice President Bert Brooks at the meeting.

Before construction can begin, however, Dollar Bank officials must secure an OK from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. officials to plant additional vegetation on a slice of land next to the existing Dollar Bank in Richland Mall.

Wal-Mart jointly owns the slice of land — actually grassy islands along Theater Drive — with Zamias Services, the Cambria County-based company that leases land to Dollar Bank for its Richland branch.

Dollar Bank must plant the additional vegetation to satisfy Richland Township's landscaping requirements for the new bank branch.

“We are very optimistic the issues identified with Wal-Mart will be resolved,” Smith said.

“We hope to be able to begin construction this year on the branch, but (we) need to gain the final approvals first,” Smith said.

“If delays persist, construction may be delayed until 2014.”

Construction of the new bank probably will take six to eight months, according to Brooks.

“We're going to build a brand new branch in back of the existing facility,” Brooks said. “When that's complete, we'll tear down the existing facility. It should be relatively seamless for the customers.

“We've been there for a long time,” Brooks said. “We've outgrown the facility, basically.”

The new branch will include a Dollar Bank Loan Center where customers can explore consumer and mortgage loan options.

“All our personnel work on salary and receive no commissions,” Smith said.

“We believe this helps to ensure customers get the loan that is best for their personal financial situation.”

In addition to the loan center, the new branch will offer added lanes for drive-thru banking customers and a new drive-thru automated teller machine, plus, an updated, automated teller machine for walk-up customers,

“These ATMs are the new technology, which requires no envelopes and provides an electronic image of the checks deposited,” Smith said.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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