PITTSBURG — On Monday, the Pittsburg community will start to see the walls go up on a new Arvest Bank branch.

The groundbreaking marked the construction on the new location at 2313 S. Rouse Avenue.
The new branch will replace the current building located at 216 N. Broadway, which will remain open during construction.

Crossland Construction will begin work on Monday, with plans for the construction to be complete in a year.

President and CEO of Arvest Bank for the Joplin Region Chad Evans said the new location will be a prototype branch with features similar to the new branch in Carthage, Missouri.

The building, when completed, will be 4,000 square feet and feature a four lane drive-through and 32 parking spaces.

“We will offer a full range of products and services,” Evans said. “There will be new technology in this building to serve the community better — that is exciting to us.”

Evans said Arvest will still be present downtown after the building is complete — an ATM will be left at the old location to provide convenience for Arvest Bank users.

“We are excited about what is going on downtown but there is more space, it is larger — it will be more functional,” he said.

During the groundbreaking, Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Blake Benson said Arvest has a unique cooperation with the community, local university and the city.

Over the past four years, Arvest has been involved in the community through United Way as part of its Million Meals Campaign, which serves places like Wesley House, and Pittsburg High School’s food pantry, along with other community services.

Pittsburg Mayor Michael Gray was present at the groundbreaking and he expressed his gratitude for Arvest’s partnership.

“I would like to acknowledge Arvest for their commitment to the community — in the past and in the future,” Gray said to the crowd.

Arvest Bank Assistant Branch Manager Lori Clark said she looks forward to what the new building will bring for customers.

“I can’t wait,” she said. “It is going to be a great addition to the community.”

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.