York Traditions Bank has opened the doors to its new downtown location and made sure to pay homage to the building’s sole.
Located at 100 and 102 N. George St., the York Township-based bank is situated on the first floor of the Haines Hotel, which was built by Mahlon “The Shoe Wizard” Haines in 1925.
The 2,000 square-foot space is York Traditions’ sixth retail branch and was completely gutted and renovated with a nod to Haines, who is known for constructing the Shoe House in Hellam Township, which can be seen from Route 30. His shoe business included 50 stores in Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, six of which were located in downtown York. Prior to York Traditions, the space last housed Marquette Bail Bonds and Euphoria Tattoo Emporium.
In addition to his business, Haines was also respected for helping to build up York County and regularly gave back to his customers, employees and neighbors. To honor that legacy, the branch has been collecting shoes for a fundraising drive that will benefit LifePath Christian Ministries.
The branch is managed by Jim Coombes who joined York Traditions Bank in February. Coombes has 25 years of experience in the banking industry and has worked in the downtown York area for more than 18 years, according to a press release.
The new branch offers full personal and business banking, and residential mortgage services as well as a 24-hour ATM.
The branch’s location at North George and West Philadelphia streets, is next to The Appell Center, York County Courthouse, and York’s finest restaurants, and close to Central Market, said Gene Draganosky, president and CEO of York Traditions.
“Just like Mahlon Haines, we love York’s architecture, its culture, and its people, and we are passionate about making a difference in the community,” he said in a statement.
On Friday, the bank is holding an open house. Refreshments will be served and patrons will have the opportunity to meet the staff, tour the building and spin a prize wheel from 5 to 9 p.m.