Unity Bank opened its newest branch this week.
The Clinton, N.J.-based bank opened at 2920 Easton Ave. in Bethlehem Township in the Easton Commons Shopping Center, which includes a strip mall and Giant supermarket.
One element that sets this branch apart from others is the interior design, according to Jim Hughes, Unity Bank president and CEO.
“I wanted this to look like a Bethlehem Steel branch and really have it look like part of the community,” Hughes said.
Highlights of the interior include steel and wood desks, a polished concrete floor, exposed beams and many pictures of places in Bethlehem, Hughes said.
“Our branches should be more of a showcase; every branch should have some unique tie to the community,” Hughes said.
Unity Bank is leasing the 2,700-square foot branch, once the site of PNC Bank.
Hughes said the bank has five employees at the branch, including a commercial lender.
The estimated construction cost was about $500,000, he added.
FPF Security Product Systems of Sparta, N.J., was the construction company, and the architect was Glen Reda of Boonton, N.J., said John Kauchak, chief operating officer for Unity Bank.
Recently, the bank also relocated its Phillipsburg, N.J.-area branch to a nearby spot in Greenwich Township.
The bank has another branch in the Lehigh Valley in Forks Township and 17 in New Jersey.