Photo by George Lauby
The site of new First National Bank branch
Conceptual drawing of new building
First National Bank broke ground Thursday for its new branch location at the corner of Dewey and Francis.
First National Bank plans to move its branch office out of the Platte River Mall, which opened in 1972, into the new facility in early 2014.
The bank has been in the works for months. The lot is also the home of Howard Johnson's motel. The motel office and other buildings in the middle of the corner lot were torn down in January.
The architect for the new branch is CG Architects and Steele’s Construction will be as the project’s general contractor. Both companies are locally owned and operated.
Rick Kolkman, President of First National Bank North Platte said First National has been a part of this community for more than 127 years and maintains a strong commitment to local businesses and contractors.
"We are focused on keeping the work local whenever possible,” Kolkman said.
Construction begins this week on the 4,000 square foot facility. The address is 201 E. Francis.
The new branch will continue to feature Saturday and Sunday hours and offer parking, driveup services and 24-hour ATM access. The new location will also allow for expanded services including personal banking and retail lending and mortgage services. There will be four drive up lanes.
“First National is committed to providing our customers an excellent banking experience. This new location is an investment in our customers and in the North Platte community,” Kolkman said.
First National Bank North Platte has been assisting in the financial growth of western Nebraska for more than 127 years and has locations in North Platte, Chadron, Scottsbluff and Alliance.
First National Bank North Platte is part of the First National of Nebraska family of banks, a sixth generation family-owned business that has become the largest privately-owned bank holding company in the United States, with a total of $17 billion in managed assets.
First National offers sophisticated products and strength in lending while maintaining the personalized service the community has relied upon for generations, spokeswoman Kimberley Kaschke said.