Associated Bank celebrated its continuing commitment to the East St. Louis community with an event marking the completion of a major remodeling of its 326 Missouri Ave. branch.  Investment in the branch is estimated at $750,000.

Phil Hickman, president of Associated Bank’s Southern Illinois Community Market, hosted the event.  “We were delighted to have been joined by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, several important local officials and other guests to hail the completion of this project,” Hickman said. “Our refurbished branch will serve to improve the banking experience for our customers and at the same time enhance our continuing role as a lender in supporting future East St. Louis development.”

During a brief program, Hickman presented Joyner-Kersee with a $5,000 contribution from Associated to support her local foundation’s after-school program for children.

Other attendees included Superintendent of East St. Louis Schools Arthur Culver, President of the St. Clair County NAACP Stanley Franklin, 20th Circuit Court Judge Milton Wharton, Executive Director of the Belleville, Illinois Chamber of Commerce John Lengerman, and Executive Assistant to the Mayor of East St. Louis, Diedre Powell. 

Branch Manager Loretta Holmes introduced her branch team and shared their collective excitement over the project. “Our team has been thrilled watching the transformation of our 6,000- square-foot building into a modern and efficient operation with a welcoming environment for our customers,” Holmes said.

The renovation included new flooring and lighting, modern teller lines, accessible offices for special consumer and commercial banking activities, WIFI allowing staff to help customers become familiar with digital banking channels and numerous other upgrades.

The refurbished branch includes a new Community Room which can be reserved by local not-for-profit organizations for their meetings.

The bank was built in 1958 by then-owner State Savings and Loan.  It later became part of First Financial Corporation which merged into  Associated Bank in 1997.

Photo caption: Municipal Solutions, Consulting and Contracting CEO Robert Betts, president of the St. Clair County NAACP Stanley Franklin, Judge Milton Worton, Associated East St. Louis bank manager Loretta Holmes, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Associated Southern Illinois community market president Phillip Hickman, and city manager of East St. Louis Alvin Parks