By Jennie Acklin

Christina Smith, branch manager of the Ellicottville M&T Bank, confirmed the corporate plans to relocate from their current location at 3 Washington Street to 47 Washington Street,  the former Kwik Fill location at the corner of Mill Street.

Due to the close proximity of the current Ellicottville branch to the new location, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 will be the last day of business at 3 Washington St., which will then be permanently closed at 2 p.m.

The former Kwik Fill building has been undergoing a complete renovation, and plans are to be finished in early 2017, with the opening of the new location planned for Feb. 13, 2017.

New amenities will include a drive-thru ATM and 13 on-site M&T designated parking spaces. There will also be easy accessibility for customers to come into the bank, without having to navigate steps (like the current M&T location.)

Convenient branch hours will be Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m to 3 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. To 4 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m. To 5 p.m.

24-hour banking at walk up and drive-thru ATMs will be offered, as well as a 24-hour night depository for business customers.

Safe deposit boxes for valuables safekeeping will be available at the new location, and customers are reminded that they must come to M&T by Dec. 16, 2016 to remove the contents of their safe deposit boxes, and return keys to M&T Bank. Once the new location is open in February, customers can reopen their safe deposit boxes. The Springville branch at 22 Mechanic Street in Springville is also available for safe deposit boxes.

According to Smith, “M&T needed to find a place to conduct business that offered modern accessibilities. Due to the historical nature of our current building, we simply couldn’t offer all the necessary conveniences.”

M&T Bank has been doing business in Ellicottville for almost 60 years, originating when they bought the Bank of Ellicottville building at 3 Washington Street in 1959.

Customers with questions are encouraged to stop by or call (716) 699-2341 for assistance.

M&T Bank is one of the 20 largest independent U.S. Based commercial banks, with more than 750 banking offices, 1,600 ATMs and 17,000 employees.