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Citizens Bank remodels to provide more privacy; open house to be held Aug. 19

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A recent extensive remodeling project to Citizens 1st National Bank on Lake Avenue will allow more confidentiality and privacy for the bank's clients and their bankers, says Harry Schaller, President. An open house will be held at the bank on August 19.

Before the remodeling began in January the bank was one open space with desks lined up one right after another. Now the bank's main office is separated into attractive office spaces and the insurance services and real estate services have been moved downstairs.

"It was all wide open, we put in offices to allow for privacy," said Schaller. "What we're going for is a warmer, more friendly atmosphere."

Before the major overhaul to the bank, Schaller says the bank lobby underwent a minor remodel in the 1970's. "This is the first major remodel since the 1960's," said Schaller. During the project Schaller says the work was completed in two phases. "We did it in two phases during that time to keep the traffic flowing," he said. The project was completed in July.

Citizens Bank was started as a private banking business in 1902 by Fred and George Schaller. Today the bank remains locally owned and is managed by the Schaller family. In addition to Citizens main location at the corner of E. Fifth and Lake Avenue, they also have a full service bank at 1821 N. Lake Avenue and a drive up facility at the corner of Flindt Drive and Richland Street in Storm Lake and a branch in Early. There is also full electronic banking services.

Currently there are over 50 employees who work at the Storm Lake and Early locations. For more information see www. citizensfnb.com.