The new Western State Bank building under construction in Dodge City is progressing on schedule, and bank officials plan to open their new offices at 2121 N. 14th Ave. on June 1, 2009.

    “We have been in Dodge City for a year, and we presently rent our offices at 210 E. Frontview in Suite C,” said the banking center president, Todd English, who formerly worked for another Dodge City financial institution from 1996 to 2007.


The new Western State Bank building under construction in Dodge City is progressing on schedule, and bank officials plan to open their new offices at 2121 N. 14th Ave. on June 1, 2009.
    “We have been in Dodge City for a year, and we presently rent our offices at 210 E. Frontview in Suite C,” said the banking center president, Todd English, who formerly worked for another Dodge City financial institution from 1996 to 2007.
    “We started the banking center of Western State Bank on Nov. 8 last year, and we have given full-service banking since we received regulatory approval in February of 2008,” English said. “Prior to that time, we were a loan production office.”
    The new building now under construction will triple the office space now afforded the bank in its rental facilities, and it will offer three drive-through lanes for customers to use to conduct their business. The present rental facility has no drive-through for the bank’s customers.
    “The new building will be approximately 5,000 square feet,” English said.  “We have five employees now, and that number probably will double when we move into the permanent building.
    “The stone and stucco structure of the bank will contain six offices, a conference room and all your full-service features of a bank, including a vault with safety deposit boxes.”
    Western State Bank will continue to offer 24-hour access to its ATM machine at 2209 Central in front of Long’s in the Central Oaks Shopping Plaza.
    “Western State Bank has been a family-owned bank for 35 years,” English said. “The Whitham family of Leoti owns the banks that cover the western one-third of the state in seven cities: Garden City, Scott City, Leoti, Ulysses, Goodland, St. Francis, and Dodge City."
    English predicted that the new bank building “will be a great improvement for us and greater convenience for our customers. We are excited to be in Dodge.  The community has been good to us already, and we thank those customers who have entrusted their finances to us.”