New Benchmark branch to open

Published 11:06 am Thursday, October 13, 2016

Benchmark Community Bank will officially open the doors to its new Kenbridge branch Monday.

Located at 204 S. Broad St., the building, which has been used as a bank facility since the 1960s, has undergone a complete renovation.

“The branch is designed to enhance each customer’s banking experience, provide a more efficient workflow, and match the look and feel of the other newer Benchmark branches in Southside Virginia,” said William Bain, the bank’s vice president for marketing and public relations.

Exterior improvements include a stone facade entrance, an expanded on-site parking area, two drive-through lanes and in-vehicle ATM access. The interior features a curved teller counter, open-style customer service offices, a YES Club center for children, digital signage and a community board. Wall art will include historic photographs and mural of the Kenbridge area.

“We are excited to offer a new banking experience to our customers,” said Benchmark CEO Mike Walker. “Many of them have banked with us since we opened in September 1971. The new facility will truly reflect the quality of service that we strive to give our customers each day. It has an open and welcoming feel. There was a lot of thought given to how our customers want to bank and how to make the space best work for them.  We feel this new branch will be well received by our customers and the community.”

To commemorate the event, a ribbon cutting and grand opening will be held at 10 a.m. Monday outside the front entrance of the branch. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be an open house with light refreshments and opportunities to win door prizes and register for cash give-aways.

The current Benchmark branch  at 100 S. Broad St. will permanently close at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Customers will be directed to the new branch and ATM location at 204 S. Broad St. Future plans for the vacated space will be administrative and operation offices.

Founded in 1971, Benchmark Community Bank celebrates its 45th anniversary this year.  The $542 million locally owned and operated bank serves Southside Virginia and northern North Carolina.  Full-service branches are located in Blackstone, Chase City, Clarksville, Crewe, Farmville, Halifax, Kenbridge, Lawrenceville, South Boston, South Hill and Victoria.  Loan offices are located in Henderson and Wake Forest, North Carolina.