First Republic Bank to Open Office at Old Blockbuster Site

No time frame on when the bank will move in.

Wellesley Patch has learned that First Republic Bank will be opening an office at 284 Washington St. pending approval by state banking regulators.

First Republic, based in San Francisco, has two Boston offices. The Wellesley branch will be the bank’s only suburban office in Massachusetts.

Bank spokesman Greg Berardi declined to comment.

The which used to occupy the space Dec. 19, 2010.

Wellesley Patch will publish full details as they become available.

MJ March 11, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Great. Just what this town needs-- another bank.
Bret Silverberg March 11, 2011 at 05:49 PM
MJ, This isn't meant to be a knock on you or anything like that, but I'm curious as the editor of this site, what would you (and others) like to see move into some of these vacant commercial areas in Wellesley?
Bret Silverberg March 11, 2011 at 09:39 PM
Not the first time I've heard the Trader Joe's argument. Any other thoughts?
MJ March 11, 2011 at 10:54 PM
I'd LOVE a Trader Joe's! They have unique products for which I now go to Needham. Just NOT another bank. Enough. The town is full of them! More restaurants & food shops. I know we'll never get a wine shop, although that would be nice. I'd love more clothing stores but some of the clothing stores are leaving. The biggest issue for any establishment? 1) Parking. 2) Parking. 3)Parking.
DB March 18, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I agree 100%. A Trader Joe's in the outgoing Whole Foods would be GREAT. Other businesses that would thrive would be any restaurant: Wagamama (Please!), an independent/family run pub (Like Dunn-Geherin's in Newton), a Noodle shop, Potbelly Sandwich shop, etc


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