Westamerica Bank is not planning to close its Springs or Glen Ellen locations, company officials said this week.
“It is our intention to keep those branches open,” Christine Coulston, the bank’s market mamnager, said Monday. “We have informed the FDIC of that fact.”
There has been public concern that reduced service signaled the beginning of the end. But Coulston said the new schedule — noon to 4 p.m. weekdays, with no Saturday hours –reflects when the bank is most often used.
“The hours are based on actual transactions happening in the branch,” she said.
“If people don’t use those branches, we’ll have to make other accommodations,” Coulston continued, “but it is our intention to keep those branches open as long as people use them.”
The bank reiterates the position in a letter responding to mailed inquiries. Signed by Ginny Jarvis, customer service manager, the letter states, “Please be assured that Westamerica Bank is not planning to close these branches in February as has been published in the newspapers.”