MOORE — Monday morning was business as usual for the Tinker Federal Credit Union in Moore.
Members were hitting the credit union’s drive-thru lane and coming inside to make transactions. Considering that only eight months ago TFCU was destroyed by the May tornado, having a new building along the Interstate 35 corridor in Moore is something officials are proud of.
“All the employees are thrilled to be back at their home branch and be even better than before,” said Matt Stratton, TFCU senior vice president of marketing.
TFCU’s Moore branch hosted a grand reopening Monday at 400 SW 6th St. The new branch features a monument made from a recovered section of the safe deposit box vault where 23 people took shelter during the storm.
The monument will display the original building dedication plaque and an etched inscription to pay tribute to the lives saved and the spirit of Oklahomans in times of need. That’s something that thrills Jan Davis, assistant vice president and branch manager.
Davis was at the branch on May 20 along with 14 employees, eight members and one non-member.
“It is amazing, fortunate and we feel very blessed to have survived it. Moore is very dear to my heart. I’ve been a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and just started my fourth year. I am very active in the community, and I love the community. This is just where I like to be,” Davis said.
Several customers were at the branch at exactly at its 9 a.m., opening time, Monday.
“They’ve been watching the construction very closely, asking when are you going to be open? They have been ready for it,” Stratton said.
With the goal of rebuilding as soon as possible, TFCU began debris removal and demolition within days of the tornado, and construction was under way within 62 days.
The building features an updated floor plan maximizing open space, with the same number of offices, teller windows and drive-thru lanes.
“Of the ones destroyed, we are the first ones back. We never doubted we would come back,” Stratton said.
As part of the celebration, TFCU offered commemorative coins to members on opening day. The coins featured 23 stars that represent the lives saved May 20 at TFCU.
“We are all so happy to be back home and in the community,” Davis said. “We are absolutely thrilled to reopen, and it is so apparent on the faces of all of the employees here.”
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