by Ardie Arvidson
SPC Credit Union of Hartsville held a ribbon cutting at its new facility in Florence at 1312 Celebration Blvd. on Thursday.
Checks were presented to West Florence High School, Wilson High School and South Florence High School and the McLeod Foundation as part of the celebration.
SPC operates in Darlington, Florence and Marlboro counties.
“We are so excited to be here,” said Linda H. Weatherford, president and CEO of SPC, “and to bring a new approach with a hometown, local feel.”
“We have been in banking for almost 80 years,” said Weatherford. “We are rooted in history but embracing our future.”
She said the newest facility and its services represent a good collaboration of the two.
Weatherford said this branch has an open retail space concept, which is new for the credit union. There are no teller lines and no drive-through window, she said.
This branch is connected by a video center to the main office in Hartsville where customers have access to all of the services and can have one-on-one conversations. The credit union also has a computer station where associates can help customers set up all of the online needs.
Florence employees are all universal sales associates, Weatherford said.
Jenny Morrell, vice president of branch operations, said they took elements from the main office and a branch office and incorporated them in the design of the Florence building. The fireplace and portico are also found in main office, which was originally the Arcade Hotel, built in 1913.
The exterior brick is similar to that of the branch in Bennettsville, she said.
The artwork is local and depicts local businesses and people. Written on one wall are three key words that depict their focus on compassion, connections and community.
To show support for the community, SPC presented a check for $25,000 to the McLeod Foundation and $500 checks to each of the three high schools.
The schools will also receive $1 from customers’ $10 purchase of debit cards depicting th credit union’s logo and colors, said Sabre Knight of the Florence office.
SPC Credit Union was organized in 1941 by Sonoco Products Company, Weatherford said.
In 2004, SPC expanded its charter to include anyone living or working in Darlington, Florence or Marlboro counties.
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