Barclays to open new flagship bank branch at Piccadilly Circus
Barclays is to open a new flagship branch at Piccadilly Circus in London’s West End.
The three-storey building – formerly occupied by Burger King – covers more than 10,000 square feet adjacent to the world famous Piccadilly lights. Work will begin straight away to develop the building into a branch containing the latest designs and technologies, scheduled to open at the end of this year.
Erin Biertzer, Distribution Services Director for Barclays, said: “We are full of pride to be moving into a site as significant as Piccadilly – one of the most iconic locations in the world – and we will do it proud with a branch worthy of the setting.
“Branches are important to us and to the millions of our customers who use them each week. For that reason we are investing to make them more accessible and comfortable and, crucially, making it simpler for customers to do their banking with us in a way that suits them. Barclays at Piccadilly is going to really break the mould and it is very exciting.”
Earlier in 2008 Barclays opened a flagship branch in Manchester and work has already begun on developing 50 further ‘flagship’ branches across the UK as well as refurbishing the entire branch network (currently 1733 branches). The design of these branches has been developed over the last two years at a warehouse in Northampton and has involved extensive staff and customer consultation. New features will include full self-service zones, open counters without glass partitions, new technology to minimise queuing and, at selected branches, longer opening hours including Saturday and Sunday opening.
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