Beach WCCU breaks groundWestern Cooperative Credit Union in Beach is expanding and will soon have a new home. Ground was broken on a 3,170-square-foot facility Friday on Central Avenue.
Western Cooperative Credit Union in Beach is expanding and will soon have a new home. Ground was broken on a 3,170-square-foot facility Friday on Central Avenue.
“We’ve so outgrown this office,” said Sandi Peplinski, WCCU Beach branch manager. “There’s just the teller station right now and one office and we’ll have five offices in the new building.”
It will also have a drive-up window, better parking and an ATM machine, she added.
“I know everybody is looking forward to a drive-up, of course,” Peplinski said. “It will be full-service like all of our other branches.”
The extra office space will also allow clients more privacy, said Melanie Stillwell, president and chief executive officer of WCCU.
“Our plans are to hopefully have some additional employees as we grow and it will just help them be able to take care of what they need to take care of from lending to investing to checking,” she added.
Roy Klym, a WCCU member and past board member, is excited for the expansion.
“I think it’s going to be good for the community,” he said. “I think it just gives everybody another option in town for banking and for savings accounts and things like that.”
The cooperative has been a part of the Beach community for more than 50 years, Peplinski said, adding she has been employed there for 18 years. It was called Beach Co-op Credit Union until it merged with WCCU last year.
“We are growing,” Stillwell said. “We’re seeing some good activity in the Beach area since the merger that happened a year and a half ago. We just want people to know that we’re committed to making the credit union in Beach successful and being part of the community.”
Until the merger, the co-op could only give loans for up to $12,000, Klym added.
“Now, with being associated with a bigger credit union we can do home loans, farm loans, stuff like that,” he said.
Many of WCCU’s services have minimal fees and nearly anyone can become a member, Peplinski said.
“All you have to do is live within the field of membership and you’re eligible,” she said.
Construction is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
The existing facility is at 84 First St. SE in Beach. To contact Peplinski, call 701-872-2228.
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