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With pandemic easing, STCU fully reopens all branch locations

SPOKANE, WA (May 28, 2021) — Starting Tuesday, every STCU branch location will be fully open for the first time in 14 months.

“This is yet another sign that the Northwest is emerging from the pandemic and fully open for business,” said Ezra Eckhardt, president and CEO. “We know that many in the community still face challenges, and we’re here to help at each and every one of our locations.”

Following the Memorial Day weekend, STCU will reopen its Downtown Spokane Branch, which has been remodeled, and the STCU branch in Spokane’s historic Hutton Building. In addition, the credit union will reopen the lobbies at two branch locations where drive-through lanes have remained open: Cheney Branch, and the Queensgate Branch in Tri-Cities.

STCU continues to ask members and staff to abide by social distancing guidelines, and to wear masks if they’re not fully vaccinated.

STCU has 28 branch locations in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, Tri-Cities and the Columbia Basin. While drive-through lanes and ATMs have remained open, the credit union closed some of its lobbies starting in March 2020. That move allowed STCU to allocate more resources to higher-volume branch locations, and provide more flexibility for staff scheduling as schools shifted to remote learning.

During the pandemic, STCU members have used the credit union’s mobile app, online banking and other digital banking tools in record numbers. Use of those tools continues to climb, despite the easing of some social distancing guidelines.

Despite those trends, the credit union’s commitment to in-person service remains strong. STCU added five branch locations during the pandemic, and is scheduled to open its long-anticipated Argonne Branch this summer. In addition, the proposed merger with Coulee Dam-based CDFCU, would add another five branch locations.

If all goes as planned, Spokane’s largest credit union will have 35 branch locations by year’s end, up from 22 at the start of the pandemic.

“Visiting a branch remains a foundation to the STCU member experience,” said Chris Severin, STCU Vice President of Retail. “Our branch staff are ready and excited to open every door for our members “


About STCU

Founded by educators in 1934, STCU has more than 270,000 members and $5.6 billion in assets. Members have 24/7 access to accounts through digital tools, and at branch locations throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Its 39th branch location opens in Moses Lake in 2024.

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TEL(509) 344-2208
CELL(509) 590-8666
danh@stcu.org

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