by nathan oster
Security State Bank has opened its new Greybull location and is preparing for a grand opening celebration on the morning of Saturday, March 7.
“We’re excited to be here,” said Donette Prows, senior vice president and manager of the Greybull branch office, which held a soft opening on Jan. 26, a few days in advance of its official opening on Feb. 2.
The Greybull branch is Security State Bank’s fifth location in the state of Wyoming, joining existing banks in Sheridan, Gillette, Worland and Basin.
The bank’s 550-square-foot Greybull branch was carved out of the front of Ron’s Food Farm. It is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Right now there are four employees. Three are regulars in Prows, the manager; Derek Smith, a loan officer, and Breanna Clemons, a teller and new account specialist. “Floaters” who come over from the bank in Basin are currently filling the fourth position, which has similar duties to the one held by Clemons.
Prows said the bank is off to a promising start and that businesses, in particular, are enjoying the convenience of being able to make deposits in Greybull, rather than having to drive to Basin.
The bank includes an ATM machine to the west, on the other side of Sixth Street, as well as drive-up locations on the south side of the grocery store.
More signage will be added soon, both inside and outside the building, to better educate the public about what types of services are available at the bank.
Prows said local residents will find those services to be on par with other local banks, as SSB offers both online and mobile banking as well as bill pay.
Prows has been with Security State Bank for the past nine years, eight of which were spent auditing the four branch banks within the family.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to step into this position,” she said.
The bank was designed with customer privacy in mind, with smaller teller windows and taller, harder-to-see-over dividers between those windows.
Prows said the bank will only improve in the months to come, adding that Cassie Wright, a loan officer with past experience working in Greybull, will be coming over for one day a week starting in March.
Prows said she hopes the community comes out for the grand opening. It’ll run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 7. Every 15 minutes, there will be prize drawing. One of the items to be given away is a two-minute Western Family shopping spree at Ron’s.
Pop, cookies and coffee will be served and prizes will be handed out for both children and adults, said Prows.