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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Annandale welcomes new TD Bank

The new TD Bank building at 7209 Little River “is an excellent example of what we’re trying to accomplish” in revitalizing central Annandale, says Gregory McGillicuddy of the Annandale Commercial BusinessDistrict Planning Committee.

It’s close to the street with parking in the rear and is nicely landscaped with Annandale’s signature “acorn” streetlamps—and all that brings it in line with the committee’s vision for a pedestrian-friendly Annandale, he says.

Of course, there’s always some back-and-forth negotiation with the committee whenever a new development is proposed for central Annandale. In this case, TD wanted more drive-throughs, but “they listened to our concerns,” McGillicuddy says, and  “it was a positive experience.”
The bank’s opening celebration July 16 featured a Korean drum ensemble, free food, games, face painting, balloons, music, prize drawings, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a short welcome speech by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova.

The bank’s manager, James Min, presented $2,500 checks each to two Annandale organizations, the ACCA Child Development Center and the Korean Service Center of Greater Washington.

TD Bank Regional President Brian Monday pointed out some advantages of the new bank: It’s open seven days a week and into the evenings on weekdays.  Weekday hours are 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays.

Another feature cited by Monday is a “penny arcade” machine that customers can drop coins into and have the funds automatically deposited into their account. The bank is pet friendly, too, he said. A water bowl and biscuits are set out for customers’ dogs.  And the building is “gold Leed certified,” which means it’s achieved a threshold of energy and water efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Monday says he’s pleased that TD bank will have a presence in central Annandale, noting, “I’ve always loved this area.” Inside, one wall is covered by a giant, blown-up photo of the Annandale Days Parade on Little River Turnpike, circa 1962. The site of the bank was previously occupied by a gas station that had been damaged in a fire.

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