began construction on a brand new building in DeWitt. Once completed,
the building will be 2,000 to 2,200 sq. ft. in size. The current
incarnation of the bank is located inside a rental space in a strip
"The way the bank has grown," says Craig Bishop, president of
Firstbank in St. Johns, where the main Firstbank office is located, "we
felt comfortable in taking the next step and building a permanent home."
Between the cost of construction and land purchase, the new bank will
cost $1.2 million to build. Firstbank in DeWitt currently has a staff of four and is looking for a
fifth. The hope is that the new bank will be open by mid or
"It will be full service," says Bishop, explaining that
the new building will have drive-up services, a lobby and an ATM.
Firstbank started in St. Johns in June of 2000. "This bank [DeWitt] is
part of Firstbank St. Johns," says Bishop, adding that Firstbank
recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. "We hit a milestone of $100
million of business over ten years."
There are currently 53 Firstbank
branches across Michigan, including Kalamazoo and Ionia.
Source: Craig Bishop
Writer: Daniel J. Hogan