Progress on new bank con­tin­ues New build­ing to be ready for Jan­uary open­ing

The Covington News - - BUSINESS - By Rachel Oswald

Con­struc­tion is speed­ing along on McIn­tosh Com­mer­cial Bank’s Cov­ing­ton branch lo­ca­tion with a grand open­ing set to take place in Jan­uary.

Lo­cated on U.S. High­way 278, ad­ja­cent to the New­ton County Li­brary, the 19,000 square-foot­build­ing, with its Ge­or­gian-style col­umns and red brick ma­sonry soars above the ar­chi­tec­tural land­scape of the street.

Ac­cord­ing to McIn­tosh Com­mer­cial Bank Mar­ket Pres­i­dent Rick Ward, the Cov­ing­ton bank will be the an­chor branch for McIn­tosh’s ex­pan­sion into the east At­lanta area. Ap­prox­i­mately 45 bank em­ploy­ees are ex­pected to work out of the Cov­ing­ton branch.

“In­stead of hav­ing just a reg­u­lar branch, this is go­ing to be a fi­nan­cial cen­ter,” Ward said.

In ad­di­tion to all of the reg­u­lar bank­ing ameni­ties which cus­tomers have come to ex­pect, such as drive through tell­ers, free check­ing and on­line bank­ing, Ward said the new branch will also fea­ture a full range of re­tail prod­ucts, com­mer­cial bank­ing, in­vest­ment ser­vices and mort­gage ser­vices.

“We have a very high stan­dard of com­mer­cial ser­vice,” Ward said. “We’re in a very cus­tomer-ser­vice driven mar­ket and we want to be the best at cus­tomer ser­vice.”

To that end, Ward said the new bank will have private cus­tomer ser­vice ar­eas and private rooms for cus­tomers to ac­cess their safety de­posit boxes. Ad­di­tion­ally the bank will fea­ture three drive-thru lanes de­signed to be SUV friendly and a board room with video con­fer­enc­ing avail­able for the bank’s busi­ness cus­tomers.

While bank­ing ser­vices will be lo­cated on the first floor, in­vest­ment ser­vices, mort­gage ser­vices and the bank’s board room will be lo­cated on the sec­ond floor.

With a pres­ence in New­ton County since May of 2006, fullser­vice McIn­tosh bank­ing op­er­a­tions are cur­rently lo­cated in a tem­po­rary build­ing next to the con­struc­tion site. Once the bank opens at the be­gin­ning of 2008, Ward said the mod­u­lar build­ing would be re­moved to make room for some high-end of­fice build­ings on the four acre site.

Pro­tected covenants will be in place to en­sure that any new build­ings built on McIn­tosh’s out parcels are in keep­ing with the ar­chi­tec­tural style of the bank said Ward.

Founded in Novem­ber of 2002, McIn­tosh Com­mer­cial Bank now has six branch lo­ca­tions in Geor- gia, with four open­ing in 2006 alone. McIn­tosh has branches in Car­rolton, Cov­ing­ton, Bre­men, New­nan, Rome and West Point.

“We firmly be­lieve we’ll be a ma­jor player,” Ward said of his bank’s fu­ture. “We prom­ise to pro­vide lo­cal de­ci­sions from lo­cal bankers who up­hold lo­cal com­mu­nity val­ues.”

Rachel Oswald/The Cov­ing­ton News

Un­der con­struc­tion: McIn­tosh Com­mer­cial Bank Mar­ket Pres­i­dent Rick Ward, left, and McIn­tosh In­vest­ment Ser­vices Pres­i­dent Scott Wil­lis dis­cuss the progress of their new Cov­ing­ton branch build­ing with Sun­belt Builders Pres­i­dent Steve Kapp Tues­day morn­ing.

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