Robert Yohanan of First Bank & Trust and Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl (center)cut the ribbon on the newest branch of First Bank. Photo by Genie Lemieux, Evanston Photographic Studios

First Bank & Trust has relocated its main Street Branch to 520 Main St. The former 741 Main St. branch location closed on Nov. 19 as Branch manager  Chrissandra White and staff moved to the brand new office on the ground floor of The Main.

“This development has been over eight years in the making,” Ms. White said. “Our branch staff is very excited about the beautiful new space.”

The bank’s new Main Street branch, designed by Evanston architecture firm Behles+Behles, boasts a state-of-the-art open floor plan with a variety of seating areas, and no teller counters separating staff from customers. Instead, “universal bankers,” trained to handle all banking requests, greet customers and address their unique needs. The open floor plan is designed to have a neighborhood community-first store-front feel and emphasizes the service for which FB&T is known. The new branch also promotes renewable clean energy and supports the bank’s commitment to having green and eco-friendly branches.

“We are very excited to rethink the way our branches are designed in an effort to increase efficiency and encourage more collaboration with our customers and our communities,” said FB&T Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Paul Kogol. “When people come into the bank they will feel a connection with their banker, who will act as their trusted adviser. We think our customers will also enjoy the contemporary, eco-friendly setting, including the live wall of plants, floor to ceiling windows and the living green wall.