City Councillor Disappointed Downtown Bank Is Eliminating Service

The city councillor representing Windsor's downtown core is disappointed over news from the National Bank.

The bank will close the customer services counters at its downtown location in October.

Ward 3's Rino Bortolin calls the move upsetting. "You've seen it over the last ten years, banks consolidate and shrink their footprint, but obviously when they leave the downtown core to me that's a different type of indicator and it's always disappointing."

Despite the decision, Bortolin is confident the space will be rented when National Bank leaves the lower level of the building. "There's more and more changes coming to downtown with more students coming down there, you'll see investors starting to wake up and loosen up their wallets a little bit."

National Bank is keeping its commercial banking centre, its financial branch as well as its regional vice president offices on the upper floors of the building.

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National Bank at the corner of Ouellette Ave and Pitt Street (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)