Peoples Bank opens temporary location at First Baptist Church
by Jennifer Cohron
May 05, 2011 | 2621 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Peoples customer service representative Rhonda Eubank looks over the list of safety deposit boxes that have been closed out so far as vice president Charlie Kuykendall walks into the vault, the only trace of the bank’s downtown location.  Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
Peoples customer service representative Rhonda Eubank looks over the list of safety deposit boxes that have been closed out so far as vice president Charlie Kuykendall walks into the vault, the only trace of the bank’s downtown location. Photo by: Jennifer Cohron
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CORDOVA — Peoples Bank of Alabama is now conducting business at First Baptist Church in Cordova.

Cordova customers of Peoples have been without a local branch since a tornado destroyed the bank on April 27. It was the only Peoples location in Walker County.

Vice president Charlie Kuykendall said customers can now make deposits and cash checks of less than $300 at an armored car set up in the church parking lot.

The temporary location will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“If you have a safety deposit box, we need you to visit us during those same hours because we need to close it out,” said Kuykendall, a Cordova native and longtime former manager of the local branch.

Patrons are being transported downtown by a Peoples employee to pick up the contents of their safety deposit box. The area is still not accessible to through traffic because of ongoing demolition.

A vault is all that is left of the building that first opened as Cordova Citizens Bank in the late 1960s. The name of the bank was later changed to First Alabama Bank, then Regions Bank and finally to Peoples in 2005.

The bank survived the first storm on Wednesday with some broken windows and a damaged drive-thru. The second tornado virtually destroyed it, and the bank was torn down early this week.

Still, Kuykendall said customers can rest assured that their accounts have been protected.

“Nothing was lost out of the vault. It was 100 percent secure,” Kuykendall said.

Kuykendall said the temporary location will be available at the church until another site can be secured. Peoples’ other branches are open to Cordova customers as well.