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Photograph of workers completing the new Bonner County Branch in Ponderay, Idaho, north of Sandpoint.
Photograph of workers completing the new Bonner County Branch in Ponderay, Idaho, north of Sandpoint.
Photograph of workers completing the new Bonner County Branch in Ponderay, Idaho, north of Sandpoint.
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Dan Hansen
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100 yards closer to Schweitzer.

STCU will open its relocated Bonner County Branch on June 10 in Ponderay, north of Sandpoint, ready to serve members in a new building with more space and service options.

june 5, 2019.

The building, at 477123 Highway 95, sits just 300 feet west of the branch STCU opened a decade ago in the Ponderay Crossing Shopping Center, at U.S. Highway 95 and Kootenai Cutoff Road.

But otherwise, it’s a whole new branch. At 4,100 square feet, the “mountain contemporary”-style building is twice the size of the old location. It has three drive-through lanes offering teller and ATM access, as well as a 24-hour walk-up ATM.Photo of a construction worker finishing the interior of the new Bonner County Branch.

"As more people joined STCU, we outgrew our space," said Branch Manager Stacey Darley, a fifth-generation Bonner County resident who has worked at the branch since it opened in 2009. "We are looking forward to stretching out and serving members in the new building — and there’s room to grow."

The credit union also is preparing to welcome new Sandpoint-area members from Banner Bank. Pending regulatory approval, Banner and STCU have agreed that the credit union will provide a new home for clients of the bank’s closing Sandpoint branch. The credit union has offered jobs to the bank’s employees.

Construction on the new STCU Bonner County Branch started in midwinter. The branch was designed by ALSC Architects, with Meridian Construction serving as the contractor. STCU is a not-for-profit, cooperative financial institution that offers a full slate of saving and borrowing options, including home loans and commercial lending and business services. Anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in North Idaho or Washington can join. Founded by educators in 1934, the credit union provides free financial education and is a key partner in an annual finance fair for high school seniors in the Lake Pend Oreille School District.

About STCU

STCU has 192,000 members, $3 billion in assets, and 23 branch locations in North Idaho and Eastern Washington.