An estimated crowd of 50 showed up Tuesday morning in the parking lot adjacent to the First Baptist Church in downtown Hope and almost directly across the street from the old downtown branch of Farmers Bank to celebrate the groundbreaking for new downtown branch of Farmers Bank.

An estimated crowd of 50 showed up Tuesday morning in the parking lot adjacent to the First Baptist Church in downtown Hope and almost directly across the street from the old downtown branch of Farmers Bank to celebrate the groundbreaking for new downtown branch of Farmers Bank.
The event saw a number of corporate officers of Farmers Bank arrive in Hope, including President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Gosnell, Bruce Maloch, and Marketing Executive Rachael Schwartz Potter.
In brief statements, local Hope Market President Paul Ball said “Farmers Bank & Trust is proud to be grounded in our presence within Hope and Hempstead County. The new building construction is an exciting investment for the Bank in downtown Hope.”
Hope Chamber Director Beckie Moore said, “We are thrilled to have them here; we are excited for them to build in downtown for their new building. They are a great community citizen and corporate partner.”
The new Farmers downtown branch, for which Tuesday’s ceremony was held, will be constructed and established at 201 East Third Street, located almost directly across the street from the current location at 200 East Third Street.
As well-known and reported over the past 12 months, the current downtown Farmers Bank building was sold to Hempstead County, and it will become the new Hempstead County Courthouse and center of county government. The move brought forth the relocation of the downtown branch to a new location, one on property that just happened to be across the street.
After the ceremony, Ball acknowledged that Farmers also has two other office locations operating in Hope, one at 617 North Hervey and the other at 2103 South Main. Ball said that there are no plans to make any changes to either existing location.
As for the upcoming new location, Ball said, “The new location will continue to provide all current financial services including lock boxes as well as loan and account services.”
According to Potter. the ceremony Tuesday also included the contractor, M.L. James Construction, the Farmers Bank & Trust Board of Directors and the executive management team.