MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sun National Bank has opened a new retail location in Glassboro, N.J. and is the only bank to open a branch in downtown Glassboro in 18 years.
The new Sun branch is located on the first floor of The Whitney Center on Rowan Boulevard, a centerpiece of Glassboro's $300 million downtown redevelopment project and near the Rowan University campus. Sun customized a prototype branch design to accommodate a 1,500 square-foot space and create an inviting retail bank environment. The Whitney Center, which opened to student residents in September 2011, includes first-floor retail space, with housing, office and classroom space for Rowan University's honors students on upper floors.
Sun National Bank invested time in research and planning of the new branch not only to provide local customers with the latest technology and service options to do their banking but also to create an engaging destination for the Glassboro community. The Sun branch is WiFi enabled and equipped with tablet technology for customers to explore bank products and services; flat-screen monitors broadcast Twitter feeds along with real-time social media updates and product offers.
To provide customers with a convenient, efficient experience at the new branch, Sun also offers:
- Instant-issue ATM/debit cards to give customers immediate access to their accounts and the assurance of on-the-spot replacement in the event of a lost or stolen card
- A team of "universal bankers" who are trained to handle a wide range of customer needs – from check cashing to account openings to loan applications – and deliver a one-stop service experience
- Coin counting machine that is free for everyone (not just current Sun customers)
- ATM with 24 hour access
- Commercial night-drop depository
For Rowan University students, Sun created Owl Checking™, a checking account with no monthly fees, no minimum balance requirement and free online banking, bill pay and mobile banking plus cash-back rewards on purchases made with a Visa Check Card. Owl Checking recognizes the mascot of Rowan University athletics.
"Sun National Bank is delighted to bring a new, state-of-the art Sun branch to the Glassboro community, and we value our partnership with the borough of Glassboro and Rowan University," said Douglas Smith, Senior Vice President, Consumer Banking at Sun National Bank. "Sun designed this new branch to serve the needs of the local community here, including Rowan students, faculty and staff, as well as local merchants and residents in Glassboro. We look forward to providing them with accessibility, convenience, personal service and the most desirable banking products and services available."
Downtown Glassboro has been deprived of an easily-accessible, local bank since 1995, when the last retail branch in downtown Glassboro closed. As Rowan University and Glassboro have grown – reaching a current population of approximately 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students and nearly 2,000 faculty and staff employees – so has the need for consumer and business services in the borough. Sun's downtown storefront branch location easily accommodates pedestrian traffic and also offers nearby convenient parking.
"The Borough of Glassboro and the Rowan University community are thrilled to welcome Sun National Bank to downtown Glassboro, and in such a prime location," said Glassboro Councilwoman Anna Miller. "With well-established roots in South Jersey, desirable products, and personal service delivered by local bankers, Sun is the ideal bank to have a major presence in this growing community."
Rowan Boulevard is a $300 million public-private partnership spearheaded by the Borough of Glassboro along with private developers and Rowan University. New Jersey's largest municipal redevelopment project, current construction includes a 129-room Marriott Courtyard Hotel, a multi-tier parking structure and a second mixed-use retail and academic building. All three buildings are slated to open on the Boulevard in September 2013.
In addition to the Glassboro branch, Sun has 50 full-service branch locations throughout the state of New Jersey. Customers can also bank 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Sun's online and mobile banking services and ATM locations.