Fidelity Bank is moving its South Seneca branch, but it has nothing to do with the robbery there on Tuesday.
In fact, the branch won’t be moving far.
“I don’t think we’re moving more than a couple hundred feet,” says president Aaron Bastian.
The current branch is in 2,456 square feet at 3101 S. Seneca just north of Marchello’s.
“Quite frankly, it’s a smaller branch with some ingress and egress challenges,” Bastian says.
The new, larger branch will locate where a strip center currently is between 3122 and 3128 S. Seneca. The three tenants that have most recently been there are either already gone or are leaving the center, which is north of the Walgreens at the northeast corner of 31st Street South and Seneca.
“It comes backs to better serving customers,” says Katie Grover, senior vice president and marketing director.
With current accessibility issues, she says, “We’re not effectively meeting our own expectations.”
The exact square footage of the new branch is yet to be determined, but Bastian says he expects it to be about a third bigger than the current branch.
Though the existing branch isn’t physically large now, Bastian says the volume it does puts it in the top three of 16 greater Wichita Fidelity Banks.
Bastian says that area of Wichita is vibrant and has the potential for growth.
The new branch should be ready around fall 2016, he says.
“I think it’ll be a really great thing for the neighborhood down there.”