Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union expands with Food City, opens new branch in Fort Oglethorpe

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union Vice President of Branch Operations Lisa Elrod demonstrates an ITM at their branch inside of the new Food City located at 150 Highway 41 on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Ringgold, Ga. The ITM connects users to a live teller from downtown Chattanooga.
photo People mingle outside of the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union branch inside of the new Food City, located at 150 Highway 41, before opening events on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Ringgold, Ga.

Over the past decade, Chattanooga banks and credit unions have or soon will close nearly 20 percent of the 179 offices they operated in the 6-county metro region in 2009.

But while most financial institutions are pruning their branches, Chattanooga's biggest credit union continues to add more retail locations and hours - albeit in a different way than the typical bank monuments of the past.

The Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU) on Wednesday is opening its 18th branch in the new Food City on Highway 41, which opens to the public Wednesday.

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