First Interstate Bank opened up its new Heights facility Thursday after damage from a 2017 fire led to the decision to demolish the old building.
Located at 730 Main St., the new location "merges the traditional branch concept with improved digital technology," according to a First Interstate Bank press release announcing the opening.
The branch is 6,053 square feet in size, has "improved traffic flow," and includes broadened drive-up lanes intended to help larger vehicles pass through, according to the press release. The building has a 24-hour drive-up ATM in front of the building facing Main Street, said advertising manager Brittany Cremer.
Customers can continue to meet with bankers in private offices, but the new building also features a "teller pod" layout with small pod-style stations for those seeking to make simple transactions.
The March 2017 fire that damaged the previous building was caused by electrical failure in the wiring and caused an estimated $750,000 in damage, according to a Billings Fire Department press release about the incident. The fire originated in the lower level of the building. First Interstate Bank continued to staff a temporary facility nearby as demolition and construction progressed.
Ian McDonald was forced out of his dental office last week after a fire, and he’s found a new, temporary home in a familiar place.