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Construction to start on new credit union in Willmar

WILLMAR -- The staff at Co-op Credit Union in Willmar celebrated the start of their new building project with the official groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

Submitted photo Work has officially begun on the Co-op Credit Union building project at 19th Avenue and Fifth Street Southeast in Willmar. The financial institution is moving out of Cub Foods and into its own building.
Submitted photo Work has officially begun on the Co-op Credit Union building project at 19th Avenue and Fifth Street Southeast in Willmar. The financial institution is moving out of Cub Foods and into its own building.

WILLMAR - The staff at Co-op Credit Union in Willmar celebrated the start of their new building project with the official groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

The 4,500-square-foot branch office for the credit union will be located at the corner of Fifth Street and 19th Avenue Southeast, near Aldi and Walmart. Construction could take between 6 to 8 months, with completion estimated in spring 2019, a news release announcing the groundbreaking said.

"As we break ground on our new Willmar branch, we look forward to connecting with new members while maintaining the strong relationships we have built with existing members in Willmar and the surrounding communities," President and CEO Kayla Reiffenberger said.

The credit union has been doing business since 2004 in Cub Foods in Willmar, one of its regional locations. The new Willmar office will give the institution not only more space, but a drive-up and ATM. There will also be a technology center, which will give customers access to information on membership, accounts and credit union services.

Membership in the credit union is open to all those who live, work, worship or attend school, along with businesses and other legal entities, in Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Lincoln and Lyon counties.

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The new building is designed by HTG Architects of Minneapolis. General contractor for the project is TerWisscha Construction Inc. of Willmar.

"This full-service branch reinforces our commitment to our members to be their financial home by providing a variety of services designed to meet their financial needs," Reiffenberger said.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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