Del Ray BB&T Branch Opens Monday

Bank branch occupies two storefronts in the 1900 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.

BB&T opens a new branch Monday, April 8 on Mount Vernon Avenue. 

The new location in the 1900 block of Mount Vernon Avenue is located in the two vacant storefronts next to Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria.

The branch will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The branch will be closed on Sunday. It also includes an enclosed ATM on the corner of Mount Vernon and E. Bellefonte avenues. 

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Bungalow Homewares Gallery, which closed in 2011, previously occupied one of the storefronts. 

Bank officials had hoped to open the new location during the fourth quarter of 2012 but permitting issues held things up, according to BB&T Assistant Vice President Hector Hernandez. 

• See: BB&T Coming to Mount Vernon Avenue

Founded in 1872 and headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., BB&T has nearly 1,800 financial centers in the United States.

Dave April 08, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Folks, as soon as we're all done stopping the highly-redundant Walgreens, I propose that we riot against this fourth (or, really, who's counting?) bank in Del Ray! No?! Oh, sorry, I forgot that banks are "funky" in addition to being anachronistic.
Martha April 08, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I appreciate seeing this storefront occupied. Looks as if they have done a nice job on the build out. Let's give this new neighbor a chance.
Celeste Starchild April 08, 2013 at 03:52 PM
What a drag. I am a neighbor and not looking forward to seeing an ATM machine from my front porch. I agree with all of the previous comments that a) we have a zillion banks already and b) we need fewer banks, not more, since most people do most banking online. Mt Vernon Ave is getting less cool by the week.
Sarah haut April 08, 2013 at 03:55 PM
The bank moved into a space that had been vacant for quite some time. I would rather see a bank move in to an empty space than have it continue to be empty. Walgreens is displacing 5 existing businesses. I think that is what most people are upset about.
RCA April 08, 2013 at 04:15 PM
"All of the previous comments" lamenting the number of banks on the avenue? Where are those Celeste? I don't seen any? Anyone know why that dress shop seems to have dresses in BB&T's window?
Scooby's Doo April 08, 2013 at 04:20 PM
An ATM machine? Oh boo hoo. I don't understand how brick and mortar banks have persisted, but in a neighborhood commercial district it makes sense. Businesses have to make deposits on a pretty much daily basis. As for the "need" for fewer or more banks, that's an economic decision the bank makes. I think "we need" fewer yoga and pilates studios, but that's not really my decision either.
DelRayRez April 08, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Guess you shoulda thought about that before buying so close to a commercial real estate area. Deal with it.....
oldtowner April 08, 2013 at 08:06 PM
hmmm....that "enclosed ATM" sounds dangerous.....wonder if public safety folks like that idea....I'm wary of ATMs in general these days, especially at night....being in a confined, enclosed space while getting your cash seems sorta dangerous
Linda Fairall April 08, 2013 at 08:14 PM
RCA, I'm the owner of Fabulous Frocks. Long story short, the city denied the bank a special use permit (in the city of Alexandria, banks are only allowed to have a certain footage of store front on a street apparently?). The only solution was to "give" me the middle window, so that they wouldn't be in violation of that ordinance, so they cut a hole in my wall, and built it out for me! I think people would rather see pretty gowns in a window, don't you agree?? :D
RCA April 08, 2013 at 08:53 PM
That's weird, Linda. There's a Burke and Herbert on on King street that must have 35 feet of frontage. Doesn't make sense but you're lucky they gave it to you. I would have either charged you for it's use or painted the window black.
Mr. Brown April 08, 2013 at 09:55 PM
As opposed to being out on the street? I think you may have an elevated sense of how many robberies we have in this city.
RJ April 09, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Don't have an opinion on this bank, but why are there still so many banks being built. Outside of getting cash, which is down to around maybe 1 a month, I don't see how anyone needs the density of brick and mortar banks anymore. Deposits? I can do that on my phone. Just seems that we are heading into a glut of banks locally and pretty much everywhere else.
Mary April 09, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Like everything in life, there are positives and negatives. Positive: I can now walk to pay the mortgage every week. Negatives: will have to call the landlord again to get them to turn out those bright lights behind the bank that shine into the windows of our home and our neighbors. (Thanks to Linda for getting me their info). Not sure if this one goes into the positive or negatives category: Our car was parked on Bellefonte and got smashed up by a big cleaning van backing out of the rear driveway of the bank, so the bank opening means (hopefully!) that there will be no more big construction/delivery vans going in and out of that driveway and parked in our street. Then again, if a cleaning company comes every week . . . aiyee. might have to cut a driveway into our front lawn, esp. to avoid all the cars that speed down Bellefonte. But that's another topic . . .
Mary Washington April 10, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Linda from Fabulous Frocks, maybe BB&T will "give" your shop more foot traffic. As I see it, the middle window is still dead space as there are only dresses on display anyway. I personally think BB&T could have used it more effectively.


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