When Citibank opened a lending center in Germantown last March, local point-person Irv Brockington noted that the company was “committed to this neighborhood” as bank officials vowed to expand operations to become the first new full-service bank branch in 20 years.
On Wednesday morning, that promise became ceremonial reality as a ribbon cutting commemorated an expanson which became official on Dec. 17 with bank, city and civic officials gathered at the Chelten Plaza location.
Greater Germantown Business Association president John Churchville was among those who returned to the branch to see a second ribbon-cutting ceremony, one that signifies six new jobs and a perceived step in rejuvenating that portion of the neighborhood.
“You made a promise on the first day, ‘Give us some time and we are going to open a full-service branch,’ and lived up to it,” Churchville said to those assembled inside the facility at W. Chelten Ave. and Pulaski St. “I want to hear a big rousing cheer for Citbank for keeping their word.”
Among those returning guests who abided by Churchville’s call for applause were Kevin Dow, the city’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of Commerce, and Eighth District City Councilwoman Cindy Bass. Also on hand were owners and representatives from neighboring businesses in a controversial shopping center still looking to fill several vacancies.
After the 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting photo op outside the branch, Brockington stood near the teller windows inside and spoke about the lead-up to this day.
“Many people have been waiting for this to happen, people who have come into the branch asking about when it would,” Brockington told NewsWorks. “Now, we’re finally able to help them. That’s a great thing. That’s a big thing.”
Editor’s note: This story originally referred to Churchville as the president of Germntown United. NewsWorks apologizes for the error.