After months of work — a weekend of moving — the new First National Bank of Tom Bean building will open Monday morning for business just in time for the holidays as evidenced, in part, by a 16-foot Christmas tree going up in the new lobby on Thursday afternoon.

After months of work — a weekend of moving — the new First National Bank of Tom Bean building will open Monday morning for business just in time for the holidays as evidenced, in part, by a 16-foot Christmas tree going up in the new lobby on Thursday afternoon.
Longtime Hope area banker Joan Hardee, who will serve as the new building’s first branch vice president, confirmed Thursday, “We will be opening the new branch for business on Monday morning, and it will be business as usual, Monday through Friday. We are moving out of the portable building this weekend.”
Since becoming the “new bank in town” last March, the First National Bank of Tom Bean has operated out of a spiffy portable building resembling a double-wide mobile home on the far southern end of North Hervey street under the underpass.
“We started off with four employees; business has been so good that we’ve been operating now with 109 people, who will move into the permanent building on Monday,” Hardee said.
Hardee, herself, knows a thing or two about bank openings. With 41 years of experience in Hope, she was around during the formative days of Summit Bank as well as First Citizens, which eventually evolved into Farmer’s Bank.
First National Bank of Tom Bean is based out of Tom Bean, Texas, a 1,100-person town in Grayson County, outside of Dennison, both north of Dallas. The only other branches are in Clarksville, Texas, a 3,200 population city in Red River County, and in Arkansas, at Lewisville in nearby Lafayette County.
“Hope will be the largest city that they operate it. It really is a small town bank, and with its roots as a small town bank, it puts service to people first. The motto is ‘built to serve’,” she said.
As workers continued on the final touches Thursday afternoon, Hardee said such items as phones, computers and personal effects will be moved over from the portable building to the new building over the weekend.  Brand new desks and furnishings will go in Friday and Saturday as well.
In addition to the Christmas tree in the lobby, the new Tom Bean building resembles a ski lodge interior design with a large centerpiece fireplace with a big screen TV over it.
Hardee said the TV will show historical presentations of Hope in the beginning to commemorate Hope’s upcoming Bicentennial Celebration.
The new Tom Bean building also features a 64-person capacity Community Hall, which Hardee says will be made available for public use soon after the facility opens.
“This will be a great places for events, meetings and weddings. It will have tables and chairs, and beautiful industrial kitchen,” she said.
As the bank will be opening for customers on Monday, Hardee said a formal Grand Opening ceremony is expected to be scheduled after the holidays, sometime in late January or February.