WECU expanding into former dive shop

By Isaac Bonnell

Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) is in the process of converting the former home of Adventures Down Under, located at 701 E. Holly St., into offices for its internal auditing department.

The credit union bought the building a couple years ago and the scuba shop moved to a new space last October, after spending 17 years in that location. The credit union has been slowly renovating the space since then, marketing manager Kessa Volland said.

At the beginning of September, WECU applied for a building permit to finish the office conversion at an estimated cost of $180,000, according to city records.

The credit union has a growing need for office space, Volland said. In the past 10 years, WECU has added 150 employees and now has more than 260 people on staff. Though the new office space is small, it will help alleviate the demand for desk space.

For more information, call WECU at (360) 676-1168 or visit www.wecu.com.

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