09/14/2016: Columbia Bank Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Lake City Commons Branch

An official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the new Columbia Bank Commons Branch, in Lake   City, on September 8th, at 4:30pm. Located at 151 NW Commons Loop, just off of Highway 90 in the Lake City Commons Shopping Plaza, the event was attended by bank board of directors, bank staff, Lake City/Columbia County Chamber representatives and members, local media and distinguished guests.

“Columbia Bank is here to stay, as is evident by the investment made in this magnificent building.  Columbia County will always be an important part of who we are. Our roots are firmly established in this community; and, although we will expand into other markets, are loyalties will remain here with our family and friends,” said K.C. Trowell, President and Chief Executive Officer.

The sprawling 6,090 square foot building has an impressive entryway and lobby with several seating

areas, including one in front of a custom stone fireplace. Visitors can enjoy fresh coffee and other refreshments daily at the convenient lobby hospitality counter.

“We wanted to create a warm, comfortable environment for our customers—a place where they would look forward to coming, even if just to enjoy a cup of coffee by the cozy fireplace. We designed and built this branch with our customers in mind, and hope they will find pleasure in savoring the local artistry of Kelli Ronsonet (mural) and Herbert Ellis (photography). At Columbia Bank, your personal banker can assist you with all your banking needs,” said Alisa Epperson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “We have a great team here and they are ready and eager to deliver outstanding customer service.”

The new location also features such conveniences as a drive up ATM, three drive thru lanes, and a lobby computer kiosk for customers to set up online banking or to check their balances. The Commons branch has extended Saturday hours with lobby and drive thrus open from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

This is the first ground up design and build branch for Columbia Bank in more than a decade. The newest branch replaces the recently closed West branch, located at 1720 West Highway 90. Columbia Bank currently has four, full service branch locations serving Columbia County, as well as a loan production office in Gainesville, FL. Expansion plans are being made to open branches in the Gainesville and Ocala markets in 2017.