Credit union employees were working to set up offices Friday in the new building just off Pelham Road South, at the Hampton Inn, as workers put on finishing touches around furniture still covered in plastic. Outside, men affixed labels to the drive-through lanes using a truck with a small crane.
The hope, said Bobby Israel, a member of the credit union’s board of directors and building committee, is to have the new building set up and everything in working order in time for a soft opening this week, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
The grand opening of the branch is set for July 27, complete with dignitaries and celebrations.
Israel said the project has been under way since December, with a planned opening of May 1, but soil problems delayed the construction. Now, he said, work like installing planters for flowers and other last-minute refinements and finishing security installation are all that remain to be done in terms of completing the building work.
AOD is a local credit union with roots at the Anniston Army Depot — once known as Anniston Ordnance Depot, thus AOD — where it was at one time located in a single office, according to Israel. The credit union has grown from its depot location to include five other branches at Bynum, on Greenbrier-Dear Road, in Lenlock, Oxford and now Jacksonville.
Another branch in Alexandria is in the works, but is still years down the road, Israel said.
From $2,500 worth of holdings from depot employees in 1950, the credit union has grown to $246 million in holdings for 360 select employee groups in the area.
AOD was recently voted Best Credit Union in The Anniston Star’s annual reader’s choice awards, something Israel is particularly proud of.
“To me,” he said, “it’s very important that our membership feels that way.”