BECU, Washington's largest community credit union, today announced it will open one of its largest financial centers to-date in downtown Seattle. Totaling more than 7,700 square feet, the new branch will be located on 6th Avenue between Pike Street and Pine Street in the heart of the retail core. BECU is targeting an open date of late December 2017.
The new location will join more than 40 BECU locations statewide, including six financial centers that serve more than 155,000 BECU members who live in Seattle. Members can use all convenient locations to establish accounts, apply for loans and perform financial transactions. Additional services and programs unique to this location will be announced at a later date.
“BECU has been committed to ‘people helping people’ since we were founded in 1935, which resonates with the Puget Sound community and has helped us grow to more than 1 million members. Our growth enables us to build even more financial resiliency for our members and the communities in which we belong,” said Doug Marshall, BECU’s senior vice president of retail. “This new location will reflect our member-first focus, expanding our ability to provide great value, convenience and service to our members.”
Consistent with BECU’s operating model, the majority of its financial centers offer an innovative “tellerless” layout, while empowering members to access their accounts in ways most convenient for them, including mobile banking, online banking and ATMs. Member consultants are available to assist with these transactions, and provide one-on-one support for opening accounts and more complex services, such as mortgages, personal loans, auto loans and business services.
Building Stronger Communities
Last year, BECU put more than $3 million back into its communities through philanthropic giving and community programs. Examples of Seattle partnerships include BECU’s support of:
· Express Credit Union for its commitment to provide safe, affordable access to financial services for people with low and moderate incomes.
· Goodwill to help fund job training and education centers in Seattle and Burien.
· Seattle Central College to support the Central to Completion Fund to help eliminate financial need as a barrier to completing a postsecondary degree.
· Seattle Made, an initiative to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers, expanding opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment.
Joining the BECU Team
As a not-for-profit, member-owned credit union, BECU is a different kind of financial institution with dedicated employees and a collaborative work culture. Career opportunities for a variety of positions are available now. Interested candidates can apply online at BECU.org, or sign up to receive email alerts when a job matching their criteria is posted.
BECU is a not-for-profit credit union owned by its members. Members receive the benefits of ownership through lower rates and fewer fees. With more than 1 million members and over $16 billion in assets, BECU is the largest credit union in Washington and one of the top five financial cooperatives in the country. BECU currently operates more than 45 locations in Washington and two financial centers in South Carolina. For more information, visit www.becu.org.