Citizens Bank moving to former Bill Kelley location


BUCKHANNON — Citizens Bank of West Virginia purchased the former Bill Kelley Chevrolet location on West Main Street Wednesday and will open a new bank and drive-thru by the end of the year.

“We’re making a significant investment in the area because we believe in Buckhannon,” Nathaniel S. Bonnell, president and CEO, said Wednesday.

“Growth has been tremendous in our Upshur County location since we opened our doors in 2014, and we have outgrown our location at 10 E. Main St.,” Bonnell said. “We decided to make a significant investment in a new Buckhannon office and build a larger, more expansive and modern bank with three drive-thru lanes and plenty of parking.”

The larger location will be a boon for Citizens Bank customers.

“We are excited about our relocation and the ability to offer on-site parking, an on-site ATM and drive-thru services we currently don’t afford our customers at our East Main Street office,” Bonnell said.

The Morgantown-based Mills Group is the architect of the project and Pray Construction Company will be the builder.

“The design of the bank is going to be complimentary to the downtown area,” Bonnell said. “We are very cognizant of the historic look of the buildings. The interior is spacious, open, inviting and bright with a lot of glass.”

Demolition of the current building will take place in June and construction is expected to be complete later this fall.

Bonnell said the new 4,700-square-foot building will also have additional office space that may be available for rent.

“Our expansion will allow us to better serve our customers and the investment will help the economy as we hire more staff,” Bonnell said. “Moreover, we will have more of an opportunity to become a partner for progress in Upshur County as we add a full-time business development officer to work with the business community.  We also look forward to strengthening our nonprofit and civic philanthropy in this county as our bank continues to thrive.” 

Citizens Bank of West Virginia recently hired Jennifer Poling as the business development officer. The Buckhannon office now employs three people but will expand with the new building.

The bank is headquartered in Elkins with other offices in Parsons, Beverly and Snowshoe.

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