PROSPERITY — First Community Bank is expanding to better meet the needs of its customers and employees by moving to a new location, which is next door to the current First Community at 101 S. Wheeler Ave.
The official groundbreaking on the site was June 14 and construction is in the final stages. Construction is expected to be completed in early December.
“First Community Bank is a full service bank that allows customers easy convenience so they won’t have to travel all the way to Newberry or Chapin,” said Prosperity Mayor Derek Underwood.
Underwood said First Community Bank references to “putting the community first.”
The new 3,000-square-foot location will add convenience for customers as well as helping customers with setting up retirement funds and traditional banking.
“The new First Community Bank will enhance the customers experience and focus on the customer, and also make the town look nicer when people come into Prosperity,” said Robin Brown, market executive at First Community Bank.
The new bank will include more space and updated facilities, according to Brown.
Marlene Spurgen, president of the Prosperity Business Association, said the new addition will help the community in the business area and will also add improvement to the streets.
Plans are for the current building to be demolished. The site might be used for possible signage leading into Prosperity, making a “Gateway to Prosperity,” which would include signage and landscaping. Brown said the new signage would make a nice entryway into Prosperity.
Kelly Duncan is a sophomore at Newberry College studying to get her degree in Communications, with a minor in Psychology. She is from Newberry.