The Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Branch manager Justin Hokanson (with scissors), CEO Tom Romrell and other members of the staff at the Bank of Commerce cut the ribbon at their new facility on Tuesday.
BLACKFOOT â€” Dignitaries from the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce joined those from the Bank of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the bank's new facility on Tuesday.
"We've had a great relationship with Blackfoot and Bingham County," said Tom Romrell, president and CEO of the Bank of Commerce. "Our business has grown so much that we could not service the demand at our old building. We needed to enlarge our parking area and our consumer area."
The new building at 624 Jensen Grove Drive does that.
"We've added four offices (from two to six) and grew 3,000 feet of space," Romrell said. "And we've added one more drive-thru lane.
"We have loved our relationship with Bingham County," Romrell said. "Justin Hokanson and his staff have done a great job so we had to grow."
Romrell said the bank will sell the old building at the corner of Judicial and Maple.
"Hopefully there will be a professional services business that has need of a great building," he said.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Hokanson said, "we want to acknowledge the people of Eastern Idaho for the success that we've had."
Julian Cowley, a member of the board of directors, noted that the bank built its old building 17 years ago. "It's a great thing to see this bank grow in this area."
Chamber president Derek Preece said he was pleased to see the bank celebrate the grand opening of its new facility.
"Ribbon-cuttings signal growth in our community so we're pleased whenever we can have one. The building is amazingly beautiful."