According to past President Elaine Mausbach, the Credit Union purchased the 7,100 sq. ft. Center Street office in 1975 for $290,000. “We only occupied half of the upstairs when we bought it and rented out the other 5,300 sq. ft.,”said Mausbach. “By 1981, we occupied the upper level, but it took until 1989, the year after we opened Saddle Creek, before we occupied the entire building.”
By 2006, when F Street opened, the Center Street staff had grown from the five employees in 1975, to 27 employees. VP of HR, Amy Eikenbary remembers it well. “It was a challenge. We had converted every possible storage room to an office, and we still had people sharing offices and working from home,” said Eikenbary. Now Metro’s main office occupies 26,000 sq. ft. and houses 68 employees.
When one door closes, another door opens. This Monday, December 15th, Metro’s newest office opens just south of 50th & L. “The office is laid out similarly to our Ames St. office,” said President Mike McDermott. “It’s very nice and extremely convenient; right at the end of Walmart’s parking lot.”
The office features three drive-thru lanes and a drive-up ATM, a full-time Financial Services Representative for new accounts and loans, and a spacious lobby. McDermott noted that closing Center is hard. “I was working there in 1988, and we have a lot of members who’ve been using the Center Street office since the 70’s, so it’s kind of sad to close the office, but members will have a much better experience at 50th & L.”
We thank everyone who made the Center Street office their credit union home for many years. We appreciate you, our members, for growing with us.