Bryant Bank to break ground on Athens branch

Construction begins Thursday.

A rendering of the soon-to-be-built Athens branch of Bryant Bank.
A rendering of the soon-to-be-built Athens branch of Bryant Bank.

Bryant Bank is breaking ground Thursday on its newest location near downtown Athens.

Bryant Bank will construct the new office on the site of the former Athens Bible School on Highway 31. The multi-story building will feature a full-service branch with lobby, drive-thru ATM and loan department, as well as class-A space for lease to third parties.

“A little more than a year ago, we began building our Bryant Bank team in Athens with the goal of building a new state-of-the-art Bryant Bank to serve the Athens and Limestone County community,” said Tommy Coblentz, Athens city president for Bryant Bank.

Coblentz and his team have been serving the Athens community since September 2020, currently working out of a loan production office in the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce.

“We are very excited to be breaking ground on our new Athens location and looking forward to opening in the fall of this year,” said Ken Watson, Bryant Bank Huntsville market president. “Athens is not only one of the highest growth areas in the state, but also a terrific community with a rich history. We have assembled an outstanding team of bankers, who, collectively and individually, have many years of banking experience and service in the Athens market.”

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Brasfield & Gorrie is general contractor on the project with Ward Scott Architecture and Morrell Engineering also serving on the project. Construction is slated to be complete in fall of 2022.

Founded in 2005, Bryant Bank offers 18 branches in five Alabama markets — Huntsville, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Mobile and Baldwin County — and employs more than 260 people.

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