Inner Sydney received a banking boost today with the opening of a Bank of Queensland branch in the brand new World Square Shopping Centre.
It is the first bank to open in the Centre, which will be home to 90 companies including major retailers Coles, Retravision, Telstra and Dymocks.
The World Square branch will join existing Bank of Queensland branches at Castlereagh Street, Manly, Dee Why, Menai, North Parramatta and other locations in the Sydney region.
Bank of Queensland World Square will be owned and managed by Andrew Lee and Antonio Chan, who bring to the community more than six decades’ banking and business experience.
Mr Lee, who has worked for banks in both Australia and Asia, said the fact he owned the branch would make a great difference to the way he could serve the local community.
“I understand and fully appreciate the needs of the Asian communities both locally and overseas and this will benefit any customers with cultural differences,” Mr Lee said.
“A combination of our technical knowledge, professional competence and empathy for clients’ needs should differentiate us and make a great difference to the way inner Sydney’s market is served.
“Unlike the other banks, we are empowered to make decisions based on our local knowledge and experience and, because we are a small owner-operated business, we are really a part of the local community,” he said.
Mr Chan, who grew up in an era of real bank managers, is looking forward to bringing a different style of banking to the community.
“I am a firm believer in the old-fashioned values of face-to-face service, little things like opening Saturdays, being able to approve loans on the spot without sending them to Head Office and being here full-time when customers need us most,” Mr Chan said.
Other Bank of Queensland branches are due to open in Burwood, Hurstville, Kensington, Miranda, and North Sydney in the coming months as part of the Bank’s interstate expansion.
All of the Bank’s interstate branches are Owner-Managed Branches, where experienced bankers have part ownership of their branch and partner the Bank in providing their communities with an unparalleled level of face-to-face service.
Bank of Queensland World Square can be contacted directly on 8276 7500 or by dropping into the branch located at Shop 9.02A, World Square, 684-686 George Street between 8:45 am -5:15 pm Monday to Friday or 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturday.