By Stacie Lewis

The downtown banking scene will soon experience a slight shift as Chase will be moving across the street at the end of this week. According to Chase’s downtown branch manager Ed Gogerty, the last day of business at 1 E. Old State Capitol Plaza – a site that the Chase brand has occupied since 2004 – will be Friday, Oct. 4, and the new location, across the street at 531 E. Washington St., will be open for business as usual on Monday, Oct. 7.

The bank will occupy two floors of the building.  The first floor will be dedicated to retail banking and the second floor will house business and commercial banking.

Gogerty said the move will not affect the services offered by the bank and added, “We are excited about the move and look forward to continuing to offer a full-service banking environment downtown.”

While the bank does not anticipate any changes in the services that it offers, it does have its eye on the latest trends in the industry. “We have noticed that the younger generation is not as interested in using safe deposits boxes as previous generations were,” Gogerty said.  With that in mind, the bank will have around 300 safe deposit boxes available for rent at the new location, down from the 1,000 boxes that had been available.

To welcome everyone to the new location, the bank will host an open house on Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. where visitors can meet the banking team and tour the new facility.