Just Askin' | PNC on the move


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Q: When is PNC's downtown Champaign branch going to move?

A: In January.

The last day at the 30 E. Main St. location will be Friday, Jan. 18.

"At 3 p.m., the branch will close to facilitate the move and will reopen at the new location on Tuesday, January 22, 2019," PNC market manager Andrew Baker wrote last week in a letter to customers.

The new branch will be located at 302 S. First St. as part of the new Midtown Plaza development by the Boneyard Creek retention ponds.

In the letter, Baker said the move won't affect customers' bank accounts, though the new location may be more inconvenient for some customers.

"We sincerely apologize if this change causes any concern," he said.

Baker said PNC chose to move the branch after it studied "the effectiveness of our branches based on their physical capacity as well as the number of customers who frequent each location," suggesting that traffic to the downtown building had declined.

In June, PNC asked federal regulators for permission to relocate the branch, and that permission was granted in August.

Since then, PNC has sold the 109-year-old downtown building in an auction, though the buyer hasn't yet been announced.

At Midtown Plaza, PNC will be joined by the new brick-and-mortar location for the taco truck Fernando's and potentially another restaurant.

The upper floors are apartments that opened this fall and are fully leased, according to developer Dan Hamelberg.