Bank of Pacific closing in Birch Bay

Published on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Bank of Pacific closing in Birch Bay

By Tara Nelson

After numerous discussions and endless attempts to find a more desirable location, The Bank of the Pacific will close its Birch Bay Branch, consolidating operations at their new branch located at 1860 Main Street in Ferndale.

John Van Dijk, president of Bank of the Pacific said they had long been looking to relocate as their location at 4880 Beachcomber lacked visibility and did not generate sufficient support to maintain an ongoing operation.

That decision became “abundantly clear” after the current economic downturn began, Dijk said.

The closure is expected in April.

“We needed to move from that location in order to make our presence more viable than had been going on for the last two years,” he said. “We will, however, remain very committed to the Whatcom County communities,” he stated.

The bank employed three individuals, Dijk said. Two of those will be laid off with severance pay and offered new positions when they become available. Branch manager Sandy Moore will be relocated to the Ferndale branch.

“We regret the inconvenience this places upon our customers of the Birch Bay branch,” said Dennis Long, CEO of the bank.

“We will continue to serve the financial needs of the Whatcom communities at our location in Ferndale, and our branches in Hannegan, Lynden and downtown Bellingham.”

The Bank of the Pacific is headquartered in Aberdeen and has 11 branches located in Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties and an office in Gearhart, Oregon. The Bank also has five branches in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.