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Kitsap Bank on Wheaton Way opens Monday

July 18th, 2014 by Tad Sooter

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When the newly-rebuilt Kitsap Bank branch in East Bremerton opens Monday longtime customers may recognize a familiar face.

John Glomsted, the manager who opened the original branch in 1961, will serve as the honorary first customer. The new campus, at 3425 Wheaton Way, is set for a 9 a.m. soft opening.

The Starbucks coffee shop integrated with the bank is expected to open later this month. A grand opening for the campus is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Kitsap Bank Marketing Director Shannon Childs said contractors are putting finishing touches on the 5,000-square-foot building (about half of the space is dedicated to the coffee shop). A solar array is still being installed. The glass-sided structure includes drive-through windows for both banking and coffee.

Kitsap Bank emphasized recycling and the use of reclaimed materials during demolition and construction. The new branch will also feature new technology, including automated cash counters and tablet computers. Special equipment available for business customers will be on display.

Childs said the Port Orchard-based bank is looking forward to renewing its presence in East Bremerton.

“We’re very excited about bringing this new branch to Bremerton and especially to this neighborhood that welcomed more than 50 years ago,” Childs said. “We’re pleased to be part of the revitalization of this area.”

The old Wheaton Way branch was demolished in May.

(This post was corrected to reflect John Glomsted’s role in the opening).

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