Bank moving into Main St. digs |

Bank moving into Main St. digs

The former Conundrum restaurant space on Main Street will be the new home of American National Bank. And, there’ll be coffee.

The former Mesa National Bank, now American National, has leased the vacant restaurant space and plans to remodel it into its new quarters, according to Cari Britton, president of the local branch. A little coffee shop is also in the plans.

The bank currently rents space in a small building at the corner of Hopkins and Monarch, and has additional offices in the building behind the bank.

“We’d like to get everybody in the same space,” Britton said. “We’re really excited to get a little more visible location, and we have kind of outgrown our location here. We need to hire some more people, and we don’t have any more room.”

The bank currently occupies about 1,800 square feet; its new locale, spread over two floors, contains about 5,500 square feet, according to Britton.

Remodeling the space, which has been home to several restaurants, a sports bar and a cafe in the past decade, will take some six to seven months, she estimated. The bank doesn’t expect to relocate before December, or possibly, early next year.

The bank has leased not only the former restaurant, but some adjacent square footage, as well, though Britton declined to elaborate. Kenneth Cole, located in the corner of the building at Mill and Main streets, is vacating its space, a spokesman for the chain confirmed yesterday (see related story).

The remodeling plans include room for a small coffee shop within the bank that would also make use of the outdoor patio space between the bank building and the Miners Building next door, Britton said. The bank will be looking for a private operator to run that enterprise.

“We’d like to keep that area vibrant,” she said.

Though Mesa National Bank recently changed its name to American National, it remains under the same ownership – Sturm Financial, based in Denver. The holding company is combining its various banks under one unified name and computer system, Britton explained.

The bank specializes in construction loans and real estate lending, and is also a full-service bank.

Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is

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