Posted 5/31/16 (Tue)
By Cecile Wehrman
A local contractor Tuesday last week began knocking down the former M Diesel Repair shop on Main Street, to make way for a new BNC National Bank branch.
“We’re here to stay,” said Branch Manager Shonna Heuer Schroeder, having previously “done a lot of business out of a suitcase.”
The bank has been looking for a different location for about a year and the desire for a Main Street location that would allow drive up service has been on the wish list for even longer.
After looking for properties that may be for sale or potentially for sale, the location of the repair shop, across from Ekness Super Valu emerged as the number one choice.
Darvel Meckle was amenable to a sale and the deal was only just made a few weeks ago.
Stubbs Builders of Crosby has been hired for the demolition, and a company called North American Building, Inc., of Wichita, Kan., will be putting together a three-piece modular building soon.
“It’s a company that actually specializes in them,” and BNC has worked with them previously.
For the Crosby project, “They hope everything will be done by the end of November,” said Heuer Schroeder, however, the need to work with a variety of security vendors could push that back to spring.
“There’s going to be three offices and of course, a teller line,” said Heuer Schroeder.
One of two drive-through lanes will also have Automated Teller Machine (ATM) access.
“So we will go from no ATM access to the only one with drive-in access,” she said.
Though the building is a modular design, Heuer Schroeder said BNC has a reputation for constructing quality facilities and this one will be no different.
Most recently, BNC opened a new branch in the Sunrise area of Bismarck, about two months ago; prior to that, about 18 months ago, they opened a new branch in Mandan. A remodel of the Watford City branch is currently under way.
“We have a tendency to build very nice banks so I have to believe this one will be the same,” she said, featuring stone along the bottom half of the facade “and a lot of windows.”
Obtaining a drive through will also give the bank the ability to offer Saturday hours, because a single person can be secure within the building while serving customers in their cars.
“It helps, too, if there’s a big snowstorm or something and only one person can get in, they might be able to open the drive through,” but at the present location, a minimum of two employees is needed to be open.
Heuer Schroeder said customers have been very supportive upon hearing of the change. Not only will Main Street be replacing an older building with a brand new one, she said there is a sale pending on the current BNC location.
Though she wasn’t able to identify the prospective owner she said it is someone with the potential to operate a business in the space.
Heuer Schroeder said it was important to BNC that a new owner want to preserve the unique and historic features of the present Main Street location -- including a bullet hole from an early day Crosby shoot out -- and it sounds like they will be willing to accommodate that.
The M Diesel Repair shop was operated as an International Harvester dealership by longtime Crosby Mayor Orville Tryhus for many years and the building is believed to date back to about 1920. Later, it was operated by Marvin Lervick as Northwest Implement.
Meckle has not indicated any future plans for offering repair services in the area.