KeyBank Open House Tomorrow

The new KeyBank is hosting an open house tomorrow, Friday, May 13 from 9am to 5pm. While they won’t officially be open for business, the staff will be on hand to meet and greet neighbors and merchants, and they’ll provide coffee from Fuel, donuts from Mighty-O in the morning, and Trophy Cupcakes in the afternoon. The branch will begin regular operation, including teller service on Monday, May 16, from 9am to 5pm and will again provide coffee and goodies from Fuel, Mighty-O Donuts, and Trophy Cupcakes.

Located at 1700 N. 45th St., you can’t miss the newly-renovated building with its distinctive red awnings over each window and…wait a second…what’s that in front? GRASS! Key will have a walk-up ATM with a night drop for businesses, and 10 free parking spaces. Once you look inside the 3,172 square foot space, you’ll find some large framed photos of the Wallingford Center, the tunnel entrance at Meridian Park, and QFC’s Wallingford sign shot by Seattle photographer Scott Manthey of Image Arts Photography.

Branch staff are already a part of the community, with two (soon to be three) of the seven employees Wallingford residents. The branch will also participate in several neighborhood events including the monthly Wallingford Art Walk, and the Wallingford Kiddie Parade. Steve Franco-Ross, one of Key’s relationship managers will also be volunteering with the Wallingford Community Senior Center as well as FamilyWorks, where the Key branch will also be making a donation.

Stop by and say “howdy” to Todd Crosby, the branch manager. The staff is seasoned and those who I’ve met so far are very friendly and personable. KeyBank’s regular business hours will be 9am to 5pm Monday through Thursday; 9am to 6pm on Fridays; and 10am to 1:30pm on Saturdays. Stay tuned for more details on KeyBank’s Gala Grand Opening on Saturday, June 18 from 11am to 1pm.

  1. Chris W. said,

    They gave up parking space for grass? Nice!

    Thu, May 12 at 1:50 pm
  2. neighbor said,

    should have been a coffee shop. there is a dearth of them in Wally

    Thu, May 12 at 2:47 pm
  3. DOUG. said,

    That building is hideous.

    Thu, May 12 at 10:50 pm
  4. Eric said,

    Key bank: In 2010, Henry L. Meyer received $7,087,746 in total compensation. By comparison, the median worker made $33,190 in 2010. Henry L. Meyer made 213 times the median worker’s pay.

    From: http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/ceou/database.cfm

    Better than Chase, but I’ll stick with credit unions as they are reportedly better about such things, plus you avoid a lot of the fee gouging.

    Fri, May 13 at 9:49 am
  5. Brian said,

    Agreed, the building is pretty nasty looking. But they did turn that front parking lot into a lawn, which is nice.

    Fri, May 13 at 9:50 am
  6. DOUG. said,

    The lawn is the only redeeming value of that eyesore. They should partner with Bottleworks and open a beer garden there this summer.

    Fri, May 13 at 11:33 am
  7. Ffej said,

    I greatly prefer it to what preceded it.

    The adjacent hedge, and the lack of upkeep by the shady real estate developers who owned it, led to it being an outdoor cistern for the homeless.

    So, very glad to have them in the neighborhood!

    Fri, May 13 at 4:15 pm
  8. Stone said,

    Wish it had been something with more of a cultural contribution. Seems like a waste of space on the main thoroughfare of Wallingford to have another bank. Regardless of it being a credit union vs a larger brand, its still just a soulless cash machine. I’m glad 7 people will have jobs but something else possibly could have provided the same or more jobs and been a ton more interesting.

    Sat, May 14 at 9:29 am
  9. kolokolo said,

    I agree with Fjej.
    I also do not mind the building.. after the jarring mis-match of orange form Bottleworks wall design to the banner.. very mind jarring.. we need a simple plain building. Good thing its not liek some of those fake castley things.

    Finally! There is an alternative to the neighbor Chase with the guys in blue suits sitting down doing nothing while young women stand all day working. Shame on you Chase for your sexist ways. And rude manager.

    Sat, May 14 at 1:52 pm

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