Admiral Safeway redevelopment project: BECU’s ATM plan

In the discussion following last week’s story about Admiral Safeway announcing August 21 as its official closing date, the fate of the store’s BECU ATM was brought up. Though we hadn’t gotten around yet to contacting BECU for comment – BECU’s Todd Pietzsch saw the discussion and e-mailed this info to share with you:

The BECU ATM located in the Admiral Safeway will remain there until the store is officially closed on August 21st. While the Safeway is closed there are additional ATM’s in the area that can be utilized. BECU members are encouraged to visit and look under “locations/ATM’s” to find the one that is most convenient for them. We are pleased to announce that when the new Safeway opens in 2011, BECU will have two ATM’s at the new store, one inside and one on the outside of the store.

The idea of the outside ATM came up at Design Review Board meetings, as noted in our report on the 5th and final such meeting for the Admiral Safeway project – though at the time, it was cautioned that Safeway hadn’t finalized a deal with a bank; now, BECU’s announcement indicates, it has. (The sketch above is from the artwork shown at that meeting last February; it shows part of the California SW frontage of the new store.)

9 Replies to "Admiral Safeway redevelopment project: BECU's ATM plan"

  • Sue August 5, 2010 (1:49 pm)

    Thanks to Mr. Pietzsch for an actual, direct answer. I had emailed BECU (general email) to ask the same question and got what was obviously a canned, automated answer since it addressed my alleged concern about deposits in 7-11 ATMs when I had expressed no such concern in the attached email (the only thing I said about 7-11 was that I was aware I could use them, but wanted to know about actual BECU ATMs).
    Hopefully the new Safeway will also include a new BECU branch, not just ATMs.

  • Diane August 5, 2010 (1:58 pm)

    I’ve heard rumors from several very reliable sources that a new BECU branch is coming, but probably closer to junction
    so, it’s very good news there will be 2 BECU atms at Admiral; just wish they could install one temp atm during rebuild

  • Glenda August 5, 2010 (2:36 pm)

    Wow! All the news lately seems to be summed up as “all things good come in time” – so if we are just a little patient we’ll have a BECU branch, ATM, new Safeway, improved PCC and a Trader Joes. There really is getting to be no reason to leave our little neck of the woods, except to go to work!

    (And if we could only get a fabric store back . . . )

  • Karen August 5, 2010 (2:52 pm)

    Wondering if BECU will replace the existing ATM by West Seattle Thriftway with one of their “snapshot” ATM machines since the one at Admiral Safeway will be gone for a year. The “snapshot” machines take deposits without envelopes and provide better receipt options.

  • Sue August 5, 2010 (3:25 pm)

    Karen, I’d love to see that happen too – I actually live closer to the one by Thriftway than the one at Safeway, but always went to Safeway mostly because of the Snapshot ATM.

  • Diane August 5, 2010 (3:41 pm)

    yes, Karen & Sue; that’s main reason I use Admiral atm; no longer have to use envelope & fill out dep slip; it would be perfect solution if they would replace Thriftway BECU atm with new “snapshot” machine
    and yes Glenda; ditto everything you said; well except for leaving our neighborhood part; I love downtown

  • Glenda August 5, 2010 (4:11 pm)

    Diane – good point – I agree, I love DT too – but that is where I work, so I get my fill on a daily basis. I do love all the Seattle neighborhoods, but I’m feeling like we are increasingly lucky over here! Including the Water Taxi as a commute option as well!

  • Ross at BECU August 5, 2010 (4:13 pm)

    Regarding the ATM by the West Seattle Thriftway: it is BECU’s tentative plan to update it to a snapshot ATM in 2011. Hope that helps. Thanks for your interest!

  • Michael August 6, 2010 (12:05 am)

    As much as I’d like to join a credit union and leave the big banks behind, the fact that BECU left West Seattle keeps me from considering them as a legitimate alternative.
    Let’s hope they come back to West Seattle one day.

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