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Midwest Bank opens in new location

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Midwest Bank of Western Illinois opened this morning, May 24, at its new location in Aledo.

Midwest Bank of Western Illinois opened in the bank’s new location Monday morning (May 24) in Aledo at the corner of U.S. 17 and U.S. 94, just north of the Aledo Wal-Mart.

The building is ready but the subdivision isn’t.

Visitors are asked to use the temporary entrance off of U.S. 94 until the subdivision is finished.

Chris Gavin, Midwest Bank president and CEO, said “The building project went smoothly. The local contractors have been great to work with.” Gavin added that the only frustrating thing has been the subdivision’s attempts to connect an access road to U.S. 17 and problems with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“We haven’t decided on a grand opening yet,” said Gavin. “We may wait until the subdivision is complete. We are making the move this weekend,” said Gavin Thursday (May 20). “We are only moving supplies and computers. On Tuesday (May 25) they are coming to move the trailer. The bank has been operating in a temporary facility since the Jan, 20, 2009 fire burned out the bank’s former location.

After 16 months in the temporary facility since the fire.

Rex Johnson, VP Lending, has been operating out of a separate facility for much of that time. “We will be getting everyone back together in one location,” said Gavin.

Gavin invited the public to come and see the bank at its new location.

Expanded hours

The bank has expanded its hours.

The lobby will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

The drive-up lane will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

The bank employs five full-time and one part time employee and is interviewing to hire an additional part-time employee.