1200 customers will have to travel at least 45 minutes to access a bank

Northern Credit Union responded to SaultOnline over the weekend to comment on the closure of the Richard’s Landing branch.

1200 customers are serviced at the Richard’s Landing branch of the Northern Credit Union.  Islanders will have to travel at least 45 minutes to access a bank.  The Northern Credit Union is consolidating these customers to Thessalon and Sault Ste. Marie.

Northern Credit Union plans to have a priority seniors telephone line to help with the transition of consolidating branches.  This will be staffed with local northern employees and available for 24 hour service.  Northern Credit Union will also be releasing a digital video series aimed at assisting people with the transition, and staff will be available at the branch for in person sessions on digital banking up until the closure on June 1, 2021.

This branch also employs 4 local islanders and it is unclear what the effect the consolidation will have on the employees.

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