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Great Plains National Bank hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at the future site of the new Tuttle branch. Pictured: President Stacy Bennett, Sr. VP Ernie Fischer, Assistant VP Shannon Cotner, Loan Assistants Jennie Lopez and Kim Martinez, and Head Teller Megan Locke.(Staff photo by Derek Brown)
By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

The busiest intersection in Tuttle will soon have a new look.

Employees at Great Plains National Bank showed off plans for the new branch, which will be located on the southeast corner of Mustang Rd. and Highway 37, Friday morning during a ribbon cutting celebration.

The new 4,200-square-foot branch is expected to be completed late this year or early 2013, according to branch president Stacy Bennett. It will replace the temporary Tuttle location, at 4709 E. Highway 37.

“It’s going to be an absolutely beautiful building and we’re excited to start working on it,” Bennett said.

The bank will include three drive thru lanes and a drive-up ATM. And along with traditional branch amenities, the Tuttle also feature full-time investment and mortgage representatives.

Bennett expects to employ 20 full and part time employees at the new bank. The current Tuttle branch has eight employees.

Tuttle-based Sheppard & Sons Construction is the contractor for the project. They are expected to break ground by July 1.

Great Plains National Bank, which is headquarter in Elk City, moved to Tuttle in Sept. 2011. They set up in the temporary office on Highway 37, with plans for a new office. Bennett said they were immediately attracted to the location on Highway 37 and Mustang Rd.

“We believe this is a great, central location for customers in Tuttle, Bridge Creek and the Tri-City area,” he said.

City Manager Tim Young said the bank’s decision to build in Tuttle proves the city is on the right path.

“Tuttle already has three great banks with great people who are focused on the Tuttle community. The addition of a forth bank demonstrates that others outside of Tuttle are beginning to notice that Tuttle is ready for business,” Young said.

He expects more business will join Great Plains National Bank in the near future.

“Their location on SH-4 is not surprising,” Young said. “With the increasing traffic on SH-4, combined with the population growth in the east portions of Tuttle and the Bridge Creek area, I am expecting more developers and businesses to want to be located on Mustang Rd.”

Great Plains National Bank’s roots date back to the early days of statehood when it was originally called Groves National Bank of Hollis. The company now operates 11 banks in Sayre, Elk City, Mangum, Granite, Cordell, Burns Flat, Hobart and Tuttle.

Bennett said they are also opening another location in Piedmont.

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