South Central Bank cut the ribbon on their newly-renovated 2715 Frederica Street location Wednesday. The branch, which originally opened in 1995, had been closed for almost a year for renovations that took much longer than bank officials expected.
“This was our very first branch in Owensboro and we are proud to reopen it,” said Scott Tooley, South Central’s market president for Daviess County.
Tooley said bank officials closed the branch in August 2018 and looked at renovating the bank to match the modern set up of the bank’s KY 54 location.
“We ran into more expenses than expected,” he said. “We considered an alternate location, but once we looked around we decided to proceed ahead with the remodel.”
Tooley said he and other bank officials are happy with how the branch turned out and that additional parking was able to be added.
“There was never any doubt we would have a branch on Frederica Street,” he said.
While the remodel did not allow for the drive-thru technology or a pod-style teller set up that the KY 54 location offers, senior Daviess County lender for South Central Jarred Bowman said the two locations are bridging the past and future together.
“A lot of customers like the traditional style teller and drive-thru window set up that the Frederica Street location will continue to offer,” he said.
South Central Bank is owned by the Bale family, all of which are originally from Owensboro. The bank has branches throughout Kentucky and four in Owensboro.
Ruthie Bale, chair of the board, cut the ribbon at Wednesday’s event.
“It means so much to me that we are continuing the legacy of what my father built,” she said to the crowd of employees and members of the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce that held the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Owensboro means a lot to us. We’re very tied to this community.”