CIBC banking on Sahali location
For most, the bank is a place to carry out financial business, but a new branch in Kamloops is offering a unique service to the community.
CIBC opened its new branch at the corner of Notre Dame Drive and Columbia Street on Monday, July 18.
Besides including state-of-the-art features like sit-down teller stations and two automated banking machines (ABMs) installed at wheelchair-accessible height, the bank is offering meeting space for free.
The meeting room inside the branch holds 25 people and can be booked through the bank.
Corey Darling, the bank’s branch manager, said the event space is a feature in all new CIBC banks.
He noted the room will be used for Run For The Cure meetings, but can also be used for seminars by realtors or travel agents.
“It’s an invitation to people to come in and use our space,” Darling said.
As the branch grows in the coming years, the space can be converted into offices, so the bank won’t have to expand.
Darling said the bank wanted a new branch in the Sahali area so it could be close to its customers and the growing business community.
“We’ve been trying for a long time to get back into the area,” he said, noting CIBC had a branch in Sahali 12 years ago.
“It’s a wonderful location.”
The new free-standing 6,100 square-foot building is the fourth CIBC branch in Kamloops.
All the other locations will remain open with full staff.
In addition to increasing the bank’s physical presence in Kamloops, CIBC hired 12 people to work in Sahali.
The branch also offers a drive-thru ABM.