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First Imperial Credit Union Sees Growth in Calexico


(FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) Castillo Construction Owner Max Castillo, First Imperial Credit Union Board of Directors Josh Mercado, Mike Campbell, Don Campbell, Chris Petree, Dr. Victor Jaime, Katie Luna, FICU President and CEO Fidel Gonzalez, Executive Vice-President Temo De La Torre, Member Service Officer Alejandra Puentes and Calexico Branch Manager Cecilia Cuevas break ground for the new Calexico branch Jan. 31.


It was a day for celebration for First Imperial Credit Union as they broke ground for their newest branch in Calexico. Joined by city, county, and Calexico Chamber of Commerce representatives and members of the credit union broke ground to officially commence the construction of their new building. Target day for opening will be this fall.

This project represents a credit union effort and a culmination of two years of planning to create a branch which will serve as a welcoming establishment for financial services including checking and savings accounts, lending and retirement accounts for the residents of Calexico and the entire South end of Imperial County.

Recognizing the need to address the growth of its membership, FICU maintains the commitment to the city to keep its doors open in the wake of financial institution closures. Since 2013, the Calexico branch has continued in its efforts to create a positive impact and experience for its members in the city. As these efforts progressed, President and CEO, Fidel Gonzalez expressed that “Many people seek our services in Calexico which has caused us to outgrow our current building.”

When complete, the 4,000 square foot branch, constructed by Castillo Construction, will be more than double the size of the location the branch currently occupies. The new location will feature a drive-thru teller lane, drive-thru and walk-up ATM, member service stations and full-service lending.

The site was chosen because of its high visibility and ease of access, allowing credit union members to quickly access the branch all while remaining in relative distance from the city’s main area of commerce. The new branch is expected to be inaugurated in September of this year. During the construction phase, the current branch located at 2534 Rockwood Avenue will remain operational with no interruption of member service.


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