Columbia Bank moving to downtown Bellingham

Four years after Columbia Bank opened its first branch in Whatcom County, located at 115 W. Kellogg Road in Bellingham, the bank is moving to a larger building in the heart of downtown.

Columbia Bank will plans to open its new branch at 211 E. Holly St. at 9 a.m. Monday, June 6. The 3,500-sqaure-foot building was formerly occupied by Horizon Bank, which was closed by regulators in January 2010.

The new location will offer a more central location for customers and provide increased services, including safe deposit boxes and drive-up banking, said Mark Nelson, the bank’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“The other facility we had in Blossom Commons was always intended to be a temporary facility until we found a more permanent home,” Nelson said, adding that the bank is looking to expand its presence in Whatcom County.

The new location has undergone $125,000 in renovations, according to city building permits, and will house a staff of eight. It will be open 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will be open until 6 p.m. on Friday.

Columbia Bank has 88 branches throughout Washington, including three it acquired in mid-May after purchasing the assets of Summit Bank in Burlington. Nelson described that purchase as “strategic infill” because the bank didn’t previously have a presence between its existing branches in Everett and Bellingham.

For more information, call the Bellingham branch at (360) 671-2929 or visit

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