Yampa Valley Bank officials and APH Construction workers put finishing touches on the new Yampa Valley Bank Craig building lobby Saturday morning. The new building is about five times the size of the Craig location's previous offices, and it includes a conference room and space for up to three extra offices for potential lease.

Photo by Collin Smith

Yampa Valley Bank officials and APH Construction workers put finishing touches on the new Yampa Valley Bank Craig building lobby Saturday morning. The new building is about five times the size of the Craig location's previous offices, and it includes a conference room and space for up to three extra offices for potential lease.

Yampa Valley Bank building opens today

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What: Yampa Valley Bank Craig grand opening celebration

Where: 435 Mack Lane

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 4

• There will be food - including 4-H beef - and prizes, such as gift certificates and tickets to an upcoming Broncos home game.

The new Yampa Valley Bank Craig building - formerly Moffat County National Bank - represents a new, important investment in the community, bank Vice President Mike Toczek said.

"The ownership of this bank really made a statement," he said. "This bank's foundation is built on local investors, local banking. We want a bank to do investments in and for this community."

The bank chain, with another location in Steamboat Springs, has no national or corporate parent involved in loan and other investment decisions, Toczek said. The loan committee is made up of local residents, who meet once a week in the same building customers apply for financing.

Investors felt it was important to make the new building a community asset, Toczek said.

For one, there is more space inside than the bank plans to use. The second floor holds a conference room that could host community boards and other civic groups, as well as up to three different office suites for potential lease, Toczek said.

Bank officials also hired a local general contractor, APH Construction, and a local interior design business, Amy Bower Decorator, to build and design their new office.

"We really believe in the Craig community," said P.J. Wharton, Yampa Valley Bank executive vice president and senior lender. "For now and for the next generation."

The new building, at the same 435 Mack Lane location, is about five times the size of the bank's previous, temporary building.

The extra room will provide customers with new services they did not have before, Toczek said, including safety deposit boxes and a private viewing room.

"Probably one of the things that will matter to customers, too, is the privacy we can now give them with private offices," Toczek said. "We really only had three offices (in the old building). Now, we have five private offices and also our loan administration is in their own area."

Added privacy should help people discuss their finances, he said.

More teller windows will help people get in and out faster, Toczek added.

The new bank's doors open today, but the staff plans to hold an official grand opening from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 4.

Bank workers will serve 4-H beef, hot dogs and hamburgers and raffle away prizes, including gift certificates, to Craig businesses and a pair of Broncos tickets to an upcoming home game.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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