7:30 p.m., Sept. 30)
Navan RBC branch closing after serving local community for
By Fred Sherwin
the Royal Bank of Canada first opened an office in Navan
the roaring 20s were just getting started and the Ottawa
Senators were the reigning two-time Stanley Cup champions.
resident and former teller Verna Cotton holds
up a blank cheque from the 1920s standing
outside the Royal Bank of Canada branch in
Navan. Fred Sherwin/Photo
the decades four generations of Navan residents have held
accounts at the bank, which like the post office and J.T.
Bradleys Country Convenience Store, has been an integral
part of the community.
that will all change next spring when the branch will
be closed and moved 7.5 km away to a new location on Brian
Coburn Boulevard near Tenth Line Road.
surprisingly news of the pending closure has been met
with disbelief and disappointment by the local residents,
many of whom have held an account at the branch all their
lives like village historian Verna Cotton.
89-year-old Cotton actually worked at the branch for seven
and half years in the late 50s and early 60s.
then they would lock you in a cage. It was just me and
the manager," recalls Cotton who still remembers
a customer coming in and asking for change for a $1,000
bill. "He said do think you can make use of this
bill and I went and showed it to the manager and he said
take it and we put it in the vault. A while later a guy
came in with a big cheque and said you probably don't
have cash for this and I said just wait and gave him the
Royal Bank of Canada first opened an office in Navan on
December 1, 1921. In the early days the office was moved
to several different location before it eventually shared
space with the local post office on the north east corner
of Trim and Colonial where the Medici pharmacy currently
building was destroyed by a fire in 1943 and the office
was moved once again. The branch has occupied it's current
location on Trim Road beside the post office since 1988.
says the branch's closing will be particularly hard felt
by the village's older residents.
just awful, really. Besides the seniors like myself in
Navan, there's a lot of people who use the bank from all
around like Bearbrook and Leonard. It's just a shame,"
says Cotton echoing the sentiments of many Navan residents.
Bradley's owner John Bradley says the store has held an
account at the branch since it first opened. They even
have a Royal Bank of Canada Navan Branch cheque book in
the store with the date line 192_ on it.
definitely a bit of blow to the town," says John
Bradley. "It's going to be a real inconvenience especially
for the older folks and local business like ours."
meeting is planned for Nov.1 at St. Mary's Hall to allow
account holders and local residents in general a chance
to ask questions and vent a little. Judging by the early
reaction the meeting will likely be very well attended.
Navan RBC branch has occupied its current
location since 1988. Fred Sherwin/Photo
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