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Whidbey bank moves into empty Linds building

Langley’s Whidbey Island Bank branch opened in its new location on Monday.

The bank moved from its cramped quarters in a Second Street shopping center to the first floor of the former Linds Langley Drug on First Street.

The drugstore closed early last year after

38 years of operation. Owner Ron Lind said declining revenue and changes in the prescription-drug industry forced him to merge the Langley operation into the expanded Freeland store.

Lind still owns the Langley building, and is leasing the first floor to the bank.

Jack Wagner, president and chief executive of Whidbey Island Bank, said the Langley branch will offer a full line of personal and commercial banking services, including safe deposit boxes.

“And the big thing is, we now have parking,” said Mary Moore Bailey, bank marketing manager.

The branch has six employees, including Pam Bickel, who has been manager for the past seven years. Employee Gloria Bonacci has been with the branch since it opened at the Second Street location 17 years ago.

“That was supposed to be a temporary location,” Bailey said.

The branch is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.

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