RBC says local branch will reopen

An electrical fire closed the Cache Creek branch of the Royal Bank on July 28 but officials say it will reopen.

Royal Bank officials have confirmed that plans to reopen the branch in Cache Creek are underway, but they cannot say when that will happen.

“We’re going full ahead here,” said Pam Shaw, Regional Vice President, BC Interior, RBC Royal Bank, adding that there are no timelines for the work to be done.

She said they would like to reinstate some of their services in the meantime, such as a daily pickup service that would take business deposits to Kamloops, and limited counter service that would accept deposits and bill payments.

The front of the building is structurally okay, she said, but there is no electricity yet and the roof isn’t sound yet. As of Aug. 7, they still hadn’t applied for building permit to renovate.

“We’re doing our best,” she said. “We ask everyone to be patient.”

She added that Mayor John Ranta has been a big help with the building inspection and permitting process.

Mayor Ranta says he is relieved that the branch will reopen.

He said they were looking at moving the counter service closer to the front of the building so the tellers could work with customers while the renovations were going on in the back, but they weren’t sure whether that would be allowed.

“It’s moving along,” he said.

The bank has said that customers having to use a white label ATM in the meantime will be reimbursed.