A Fort Mill-based credit union is expanding its presence in Spartanburg County.
Sharonview Federal Credit Union will open its new 2,300-square-foot branch on Wednesday, April 19, at Hillcrest shopping center between Chico’s and Salons by JC.
The company’s Spartanburg branch previously operated out of a 1,000-square-foot office at the Auriga Polymers plant off Dewberry Road.
Sharonview established the branch in the mid-1970s, when the facility was still operating under the Hoechst Celanese banner.
“We think Spartanburg is a great market for us,” said Ricky Otey, chief operating officer for Sharonview. “We looked at several different locations and eventually settled on this one. It is centrally located and should be convenient for our members. We’re very excited.”
Otey said the company has signed a long-term lease with Brixmor Property Group, the shopping center’s owner.
He said the Sharonview plans to open an ATM in the Hillcrest parking lot in the near future.
The Spartanburg branch is the second of three locations the company will open this year, including an office in StoneCrest at Piper Glen in Charlotte, N.C., that opened earlier this year and another branch in Charlotte scheduled to open in the summer.
“I’m like a kid in a candy store,” said Chuck Coveney, financial advisor for Sharonview, who will work out of the new Spartanburg branch. “We’ve talked about this for a while and to finally see it come to fruition is exciting.”
Tara Thompson will manage the branch.
The interior of the space is modern and inviting. There’s a “tech bar,” where employees can show Sharonview customers, or members, how to use its range of digital products.
Employees will sit at low-wall cubicles with openings that face toward the center of the space. There are a few private offices and a conference room with a garage door entrance.
Otey said the garage door was an idea that started with another branch that was located in a former auto garage.
“We thought it was cool,” he said. “It sort of became part of our identity.”
The location will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Coveney and Otey said Sharonview specializes in consumer banking, loans, and financial planning. The company does not do small business or commercial lending.
The company was founded in 1955 by a group of Celanese employees and a North Carolina Credit Union League representative. It was named for the intersection in Charlotte where the company was first headquartered — Sharon and Fairview roads.
Sharonview has 15 branches in the Carolinas and New Jersey, including locations in Greenville, Greer, and Simpsonville.
Coveney said the company is part of a credit union co-op, which enables its members to use their debit cards at other credit union ATMs within its network without fees. A list of those locations can be found on the company’s website and mobile app.
Otey said Sharonview’s company culture is family-oriented.
“Very few people ever leave,” he said. “There’s a real team atmosphere; a lot of team spirit. There’s a tremendous commitment to member service — going above and beyond—and anticipating the needs of our members.”
Coveney and Otey said the Spartanburg branch will host a grand opening with fun activities for the community. Details for the event will be unveiled soon.
For more information, visit www.sharonview.org.