ROSELLE, N.J.by Kathy Loyd – Wells Fargo celebrated the grand opening of their newest location in downtown Roselle on Friday morning. The bank located at 201 Chestnut Street had more than 20 attendees gathered to commemorate the occasion. Amongst the crowd were local residents, Wells Fargo bankers; elected officials; Roselle’s historian; civic leaders from Communities in Cooperation (CIC); the principal of Charles C. Polk Elementary School; and the family of prominent activist Dr. Charles C. Polk.
Roselle Mayor Christine Dansereau, Councilman-at-Large Rev. Reginald Atkins, and Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley congratulated Wells Fargo and helped officiate the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“The opening of our Roselle [store] location is a celebration for many reasons,” said Ivon Creagh, Community Bank area president for Wells Fargo’s Metro North Jersey market. “This relocation will enable us to create a more centralized banking location for existing customers to have easy access to; meet the diverse financial needs of a growing community; and work with community leaders to respond to local issues.”
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, the bank unveiled a mural depicting the history of Roselle and the town’s revered community advocate, Dr. Charles C. Polk and his family. Barbara Polk-Riley, the daughter of the activist, was overcome with emotion and cried at the sight of her family’s portrait inside the bank. Dr. Polk was one of a handful Union County, N.J. black physicians during the 1920s. He provided free medical attention to underserved residents of all ethnic backgrounds and established a “Well Baby Clinic” on East Ninth Avenue. The national award winning school Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School, formerly known as Lincoln Elementary School, was renamed after him in 1992.
The new location replaces the Wells Fargo Bank previously situated at one E. Westfield Ave. in neighboring Roselle Park. It employs eight bankers, including store manager, and has an online banking station and a walk up ATM. “The opening of our new store reaffirms Wells Fargo’s long-standing commitment to Union County, specifically here in Roselle and the surrounding area,” said Rebecca Cinquegrana, district manager for Wells Fargo Union Central market. “Besides helping customers with their financial needs, my team and I look forward to getting involved in local causes and volunteering.”
Their first local cause was a check that was presented to Pastor Pam Jones who runs the Roselle First / Communities in Cooperation program in the amount of $10,000.