Regions Bank, an Inverness fixture at its current site at State Road 44 and U.S. 41 for almost 30 years, is moving to a smaller spot almost directly across the street sometime in June.
The new, smaller location will be in the spot formerly occupied by Venero & Sons appliance store, which has been demolished.
But don’t expect the new Regions to look anything like its current spot. It will be one of the bank’s new “concept branch” and is definitely not your grandfather’s bank.
Mitziel Malave, assistant manager at the branch, said this will be only the fourth Regions in Florida to feature the new “Nexus” digital concept and cater to people’s new banking habits, she said. Not only will it retain the traditional one-on-one teller interaction but it will offer new digital, virtual banking that many of today’s customers demand.
The inside will have a more open layout will be different than what most people have seen in a traditional bank. The standard teller lines will give way to personal greeters upon entering who will direct customers to the appropriate place depending on business.
Most major banks are already going digital and Regions will be no exception, Malave said.
“We’re all excited,” she said.
Customers will be able to go up to a screen and have a two-way conversation with a teller in real time. Call them “video bankers.”
The new Regions will have both the digital banking and personal tellers available Monday through Friday. The digital-only screens will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will also be drive-through lanes and ATMs with enhanced features.
“At Regions, we do believe in making it easier and more convenient for (customers),” Malave said.
Malave said another reason for the move: Regions wanted to get out from its lease at U.S. 41 and State Road 44 location. The chain will own the new, more compact site.
All eight current employees will be transferred to the new branch once complete and the current location will stay open right up to the move.
Wawa moving in?
So what’s moving into the Regions building when it relocates?
A rumor making the rounds is that Wawa will tear down that building and open a gas station/convenience store.
Malave said she’s heard the same rumor. Even though 7-Eleven is building its first Inverness store nearby, it’s common for competing gas chains to locate nearby, she said.
The Chronicle called the Wawa corporate office and a representative said there is nothing scheduled at this time for a new store.
Wawa has one location in Citrus County, at the corner of County Road 491 and 486 in Lecanto. The company recently put the brakes on a second Wawa at U.S. 19 and State Road 44
Construction had originally been scheduled to start in late August 2019, but the company has pushed the start date to 2021. The chain has all its permits and gave no reason for the delay.