Westpac Inglewood closes its doors for good
INGLEWOOD’S only remaining bank closed its doors on Friday, a move business owners and a local MLA have labelled “disappointing”.
The Westpac Inglewood branch on Beaufort Street management cited the popularity of online banking and a lack of foot traffic as reasons behind the closure.
The closest Westpac branch is now Karrinyup or Mt Lawley.
Gift shop owner Stuart Rapley said the closure was disappointing but not surprising. “I disagree with the comment about there being a lack of foot traffic though. Each time I go in there I have to join a queue,” he said.
Westpac regional general manager Ken Luehman said the closure was not a flippant decision.
“The decision to close the local Westpac branch is not something we take lightly,” he said.
“Just 2 per cent of customer transactions take place across our branch network these days, as more customers choose to use digital banking channels like mobile banking, internet banking and smart ATMs.”
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the closure was a “step backwards” for the suburb.
“It is disappointing to lose an important service that caters for local businesses and residents,” she said.