Grand opening held at Unico Bank in Lake City

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Unico Bank moved into its permanent home at 100 Cobean Blvd., Lake City, on May 29. A grand opening and ribbon cutting was held Wednesday, June 22.

Unico Bank opened a branch in Lake City on March 9 using three rooms of the Lake City Museum. The temporary location gave the citizens and businesses the opportunity to continue banking in their hometown. The former bank located in Lake City closed in March.

A ribbon cutting marked the opening of Unico Bank in Lake City.

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan expressed his appreciation to Unico Bank for the quick response to the need of the community.

"We are proud to have them here," Mayor Milligan said. "They have done a great job remodeling the bank building. The staff is nice and polite to the citizens and we are thankful to have them here. The Museum Committee members were gracious to allow the bank to use the museum while renovations on the bank building were in process. I appreciate the vision of the late Leon Brinkley (who passed away in February) who I was talking to about opening a branch in Lake City. I appreciate Jonathan Mays, president, and the board members for moving forward with the plans to making it a reality."

Barbara Brinkley helped with the interior design decisions at the new location.

Allyson Anderson is the branch manager for Unico Bank in Lake City. She has 15 years experience in banking. She had worked at the same site when it housed First Community Bank. Anderson said she is proud to be home. She has lived in Caraway for 16 years.

Joining Anderson is three full time and two part-time staff.

Present hours include: lobby open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; drive-in hours are 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

"We will be looking at the hours and try to continue meeting the needs of our customers," Anderson said.

"We are glad to be here in Lake City," President Mays said. "We are a hometown bank, locally owned. We are owned by family and treat everyone like family. I want to thank Mayor Milligan and the City Council. They have been some of the best people I have ever worked with. The citizens of Lake City can be proud of their leaders."

A ribbon cutting was held. Grilled burgers and hot dogs were served, along with a cake in recognition of the grand opening.

Visitors had the opportunity to register for door prizes including a television, Ipad, and K2 Cooler to be given away on Thursday.

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