First, Kirkpatrick Bank hired six staff members from ANB Bank; now, the Oklahoma-based financial institution will be moving into ANB's downtown offices early next year after ANB's three-story building now under construction elsewhere in the downtown area is completed.
Kirkpatrick plans to move its Colorado Springs branch during the second quarter of 2015 to 102 N. Cascade Ave., diagonally across the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Kiowa Street from its longtime location at 25 N. Cascade Ave., said Trent Stafford, who heads the bank's Colorado operations. The bank's new location is about 2,000 square feet larger and includes five drive-thru lanes, a drive-up ATM kiosk and more customer parking than Kirkpatrick's current location, he said.
The move comes after Kirkpatrick hired six former ANB employees, or about one-third of its Colorado Springs staff, including Bill Berenz, who retired as the head of ANB's local operations; longtime ANB lending officers Jocelyn Wall and Mark Benes; Lisa Rutherford, ANB's former vice president and cash management officer; Dennis Morgan, now manager of Kirkpatrick's downtown branch; and teller Scott Ryden.
ANB is building a new downtown branch southwest of Cascade Avenue and Cimarron Street that will open late this year.
"We are a commercial business bank with a private bank level of customer service," Stafford said. "We want our offices to be best positioned to serve our existing and potential clients. Another location closer to where our clients do business or live may make sense as we grow."
Kirkpatrick has been expanding its Colorado Springs operation for three years, growing deposits more than fourfold to nearly $70 million as part of a plan to nearly double the size of the Edmond, Okla.-based bank from $600 million to more than $1 billion over the next few years. The Colorado Springs branch opened in 2002, four years after the bank's parent company acquired Springs-based Intermountain Mortgage Co. The Kirkpatrick family bought the bank, then called American Bank and Trust, in 1988.
The six-story office building at 102 N. Cascade Ave. was built in 1971; the first-floor space Kirkpatrick has leased will be remodeled after ANB moves to its new building, according to a news release from building manager Griffis/ Blessing Inc.
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