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Everyday Business | Numerica banking on fresh, open look for new eastside building

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Numerica prototype
Prototype of new Numerica branch buildings set for construction this year in East Wenatchee, Richland and Spokane.

East Wenatchee’s Numerica will soon be zipping us into the 21st century with a new banking concept that includes iPads and cookies (the crumbly kind, not the computer kind).

The Spokane-based credit union — with 18 branches in eastern Washington and northern Idaho — has big plans for our eastside branch that includes razing the current building and constructing a snazzy new one from scratch.

“The new concept focuses on openness and transparency,” said Kelli Hawkins, Numerica’s communications manager. “We want our customers to walk in and feel comfortable and welcome.”

The new 3,784-square-foot building will be “bright, open and even relaxing,” said Hawkins. It’ll include a tech bar with iPads for customers to access online banking, learn about Numerica services or check their email. It’ll feature a refreshment bar with coffee, cookies, water and other snacks. It’ll have comfortable chairs and a few sofas. (No napping in the lobby, however.)

Of course, all this change means that East Wenatchee’s Numerica will need to relocate services (and its seven employees) while the new building takes shape. They’ve decided to move on May 31 to a temporary space across the street in Eastpoint Plaza, 509 Grant Road, the location of Glaze Doughnuts, Mountain View Fitness and Jack in the Box. Operating hours are likely to shift a bit, too, so be alert.

Construction is expected to last about … well, they’re not really sure right now how long it’ll take. But Numerica officials are estimating the new building will open sometime in early 2015.