Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Brookline Bank Moves to it's Permanent Location in Bedford Marketplace


The Bedford Branch of Brookline Bank has moved to it's permanent location at 168 Great Road in Bedford Marketplace. The Bank moved to a temporary location next to Red Heat last October while a new building was being constructed. The bank is the first tenant to open in this building (Learning Express is scheduled to open later this month).

Similar to Bank of America, Brookline Bank has a corner location with frontage along Great Road.
I recently spoke with Assistant Branch Manager Karyn Carter who has worked at the Bedford branch for over 13 years. According to Karyn, they are very glad to be back in their original location in a new building with additional exposure on Great Road.

The new lobby is much more spacious and inviting.
To celebrate their new location, Brookline Bank is having a Grand Opening Week starting on September 19th. According to Karyn, the bank is providing a complimentary continental breakfast each morning along with a daily raffle. All the raffle prizes are for other merchants in Bedford Marketplace.

A sign just outside the Bank promoting their grand opening.
While the Bank has vacated it's temporary space, it will be leased to AFC Urgent Care which is expect to open later this year.

The backside of the building. Brookline Bank has signs on three sides of the building.
Comments:
With it's premium location, Brookline Bank should get a lot more exposure.

As shown in the above picture, the back of all the stores in the new building face alongside the main access road in to Bedford Marketplace giving it a very industrial appearance. It would be interesting to have local artists paint murals on the back of each retail unit. This would both improve it's appearance and enable artists to showcase their work and also would be a great opportunity for the owners of Bedford Marketplace to get more involved in the local community.

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