I was out of town for a few days, and was inundated with questions as to what was going on at Toco Hill. Many of you messaged and tweeted me wondering what would be opening in the popular intown center, many hoping that it would be a restaurant, and NOT another bank. Sadly, money talks, and Chase will be opening soonish.
Chicago-based Chase Bank will open a new freestanding branch at Toco Hill. The branch will be built in the outparcel of the Office Depot parking lot where an emissions testing business had operated for many years.
Chase will join a passel of bank branches in the area including Fidelity, SunTrust, PNC, Regions, Wells Fargo in addition to a Bank of America ATM.
Washington Mutual, or WaMu, as it came to be known, had a small branch next to Kroger Toco Hill, but it closed before the Chase buyout. Chase has added a number of new branches including an upcoming branch at Emory Commons and another on Cheshire Bridge Road on the site of a former Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q.
Chase has also added drive-thru ATM centers where they were unable to add actual branches. Examples of this that I've noticed recently are Parkside Shopping Center on Roswell Road and Perimeter Square near Perimeter Mall.
The Toco Hill outparcel is plenty big, as one can see by the amount of fencing up already. A reliable source at Chick-fil-A said that they were at one point (a couple years ago) contemplating a new location in Toco Hill that would likely have been the spot where Chase is now building.
A Chase branch manager also reported that they would be relocating from their current logistically challenged location in Chamblee Village to a new location in Brookhaven. I have thus far been unable to determine exactly where, but as many will recall, they and Chick-fil-A were both previously in talks to open on the site of the former Hastings on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven.
Comments? Gripes? Thoughts?