CUA to build northwest branch

WICHITA — Credit Union of America will build a branch near the northeast corner of 119th and 21st streets, it said today.

The branch will be the 11th for the Wichita-based credit union.

CUA said it expects ground to be broken on the full-service branch in the spring followed by an opening in fourth quarter 2010.

"The west 21st corridor and surrounding neighborhoods continue to show steady growth, and CUA already has a strong membership presence in the area," Bob Thurman, CUA president, said in a news release.

Thurman told The Eagle in October that CUA was in the process of acquiring land for a branch in northwest Wichita.

This month the $323 million credit union opened its 10th branch at 501 N. Woodlawn in a building that previously served as a Bank of America branch.

CUA said the new northwest branch will employ six people.

Randy Johnston of J.P. Weigand & Sons brokered the land deal for CUA and Bradley Tidemann of Weigand represented the seller.

Besides Wichita, CUA operates branches in Derby and Great Bend.