Alberta area celebrates credit union branch opening
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson
The Alberta area in Tuscaloosa was one of the spots hardest hit by the April 27, 2011 tornado. In the decade since that devastation, the area has seen major reconstruction efforts, including the latest addition of a brand new Alabama One Credit Union branch.
The credit union hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, and its location is a former Regions Bank site.
Over the past few years, Alberta has also added the largest Chevron gas station in West Alabama, along with several businesses, apartments and brand new restaurants.
District 5 City Council Member Kip Tyner said the new addition will have a huge economic impact.
“A strong community has to have a financial institution and since Alberta was first formed way back in the ’20s, there’s always been a bank presence here,” Tyner said. “We are just absolutely thrilled to have one of the best here today.”
It’s taken about six months to get this new location up and running.
Alabama One President and CEO Bill Wells said he’s been driving up and down University Boulevard, looking at the community and he’s excited the credit union finally has a location in Alberta.
“We have a lot of members already in this community,” Wells said. “We feel like we can put our financial wellness people here who can help out with financial literacy and help people through their life cycle. We can really be a big part of the community and we are excited to be in Alberta.”
Alberta resident Constance Long said she’d been banking with Alabama One for more than 20 years, so the new location is perfect for her needs.
“Love it, because I normally go over to Jack Warner Parkway,” Long said. “I’m kind of interested in the resource center because the Jack Warner location didn’t have one, so I’m going to be looking forward to finding out more things about that.”
The new branch is located at 2735 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa.