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Community First Credit Union Expands Branch Network

By: Maria Coppola, APR, CPRC

Posted on 1/17/2018 12:03:50 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 17, 2018 – Community First Credit Union, a full-service credit union based in Jacksonville with membership open to anyone who lives on the First Coast, announces it has started construction on its 19th branch in the market located in Oakleaf Plantation at 9690 Applecross Rd., Jacksonville, Florida 32222.

The expansion is part of the credit union’s Branch Transformation Project, the institution’s most aggressive and comprehensive branch and facilities upgrade and update in its history which seeks to align physical branch locations with modern banking needs and customer uses. The new branch features Community First’s signature lobby, relaxation zone and community room along with full-service drive-thru and drive-up ATM. It is the westernmost location of the credit union in Duval County.

Community First board members, executive leaders and staff along with Oakleaf and Westside political and business leaders held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site on Tuesday.

“We are proud to become a part of the growing Oakleaf community with our new location,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “We are looking forward to providing our members in the area with a convenient new financial center and specialized services in their neighborhood.”

The branch will be approximately 3,300 square feet and adopt the new design of Community First’s other newly constructed and renovated branch locations. Auld & White Constructors of Jacksonville is building the new center which is set to open this summer.

The branch also has a distinctive cylindrical glass tower, one of the credit union’s signature exterior features in its newly-constructed branches. The tower’s interior will serve as a community room available for use by local organizations and businesses. The interior features a redesign for modern banking including an open floor plan, bright colors and advanced technologies. The branch experience includes full- and self-service and assisted service options. Specialized financial experts are instantly available through the credit union’s Expert Nearby solution.

In addition to breaking ground on its new Oakleaf location, the credit union has recently opened its newly-built Fleming Island branch and has started the renovation of its Jacksonville Beach location.

Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 126,000 members and with assets of $1.5 billion. Community First has 18 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information visit