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Northern Credit Union to open LeRay branch May 27


Northern Credit Union will open its seventh branch office May 27 in front of the Walmart Supercenter on Route 11 in the town of LeRay.

The 3,000-square-foot credit union, which features an energy-efficient design, was built by general contractor Hueber-Breuer Construction Co. of Syracuse over the past eight months along with local subcontractors, Marketing Manager Alexa B. Bennett said. It was designed by GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying of Watertown.

Automated teller machines at the building’s drive-thru opened Thursday for public use, Ms. Bennett said. She said that there was demand in the Evans Mills area near Fort Drum for a financial institution.

“We have a rather strong amount of members in the Evans Mills and Indian River area, so we’re looking to be able to serve those members,” she said. “Right now, they either have to go north to Gouverneur or south to Watertown if they want to get to us.”

Mobile banking has become the hallmark of Northern Credit Union, which launched a “mobile deposit capture” feature about a month ago that allows members to electronically send pictures of checks to be deposited, Ms. Bennett said.

“You can do it right from your smartphone or tablet, and it’s simple and quick,” she said. “We’ve seen great results with it and our members have been really happy.”

The branch will be staffed by four employees, Ms. Bennett said. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the drive-thru open until 6 p.m. on Fridays. On Saturdays, the drive-through will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and the office will be closed.

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