Guardian settling in at new location
By Michael Butler
Many that drive through Tallassee have taken notice. Guardian Credit Union has relocated from downtown to a brand new building at 1401 Gilmer Avenue.
"We came in May of 2012," branch manager Charlie Dickey said. "We're approaching five years in Tallassee."
Dickey and his staff of four locally have been in the new locale for a few weeks now.
"If everyone's familiar with where we were, the city center - a building that Abe and Brooke Rigsby provided for us," Dickey said. "That was a great place to start."
Last Tuesday, Guardian had its open house and ribbon cutting on Gilmer Avenue.
"We were in a one-room facility. Guardian's made a nice investment. It's a state of the art facility. We're proud of it."
Modern conveniences will be more user-friendly for Guardian's customers.
"The other building was an old warehouse with five steps to climb. There are no more steps. We've got a drive-through. We've got an ATM on site and a 24-hour deposit."
Guardian Credit Union had a solid customer base in Tallassee even prior to locating a branch here.
"Guardian Credit Union was formerly the Alabama National Guard Credit Union," Dickey added. "This community has a lot of guardsmen. They were the field of membership through the years. We've grown tremendously."