Montrose residents saw banking options temporarily reduced, with the closures of the Wells Fargo branch on South Townsend Avenue and the Bank of the West’s local branch on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Both closures are expected to be temporary, with Wells Fargo anticipating being open today, Nov. 3. Bank of the West anticipates reopening Friday, Nov. 5.

Wells Fargo, which earlier this year permanently closed its East Main Street branch, was was closed Tuesday because of staffing shortages. The bank staff could not comment as to what prompted the staffing shortage. On Tuesday, deposit services were available through the ATM and payments that needed to post that day could be deposited through the night drop-off box.

Calls to the Bank of the West's Montrose number rolled over to the Gunnison branch on Tuesday. The reasons for the closure and anticipated reopen date were not available. Bank staff referred the Montrose Daily Press to the corporate media relations office.

On Wednesday, Executive Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Region Shawn Cole said the Montrose branch should open back up Friday.

“For the safety and well-being of our customers and team members, Bank of the West is temporarily adjusting many of our branch operations during the pandemic," Cole said. Because the situation is changing daily, customers are asked to visit the branch locator at https://www.bankofthewest.com/HeretoHelp or call the local branch to confirm hours and availability before coming in.

"We encourage customers to bank remotely, whenever possible, during this time," Cole said.

This story has been updated online to reflect information received from Bank of the West on Wednesday afternoon.

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