Have you had a chance to check out the new BMO at Aura yet? It’s the first of two banks that are positioned into the Shops at Aura tower on the main floor. The Bank of Montreal opened it’s doors on Friday, November 30th, 2012, while the Royal Bank of Canada is still long from opening, as the store interior continues to be concrete flooring and exposed ceilings.
Inside the new BMO at Aura is a modern, blue and red interior with thoughtful seating everywhere. What I noticed was cool and different were the number of seats made available to customers in line and also those at the teller. When waiting in line, there are actually bench seats you can use to rest your feet with that double as the line place holder. After, should you need, there are “bar stools” up with the tellers so that you again don’t have to stand too long. It’s a very kind and thoughtful touch for a bank!
The hours for the branch are in line with downtown expectations with longer weekday evening hours. These are currently posted as follows:
Monday to Wednesday…….9am – 6pm
Thursday & Friday………….9am – 8pm
Saturday……………………..9am – 4pm
Sunday………………………12pm – 4pm
The new BMO at Aura will continue to operate with the BMO at College Park along with it. Even though it’s technically on the same residential block, the number of condo dwellers existing in the neighbourhood, on top of what is soon coming with Aura, will definitely supply enough traffic to two branches in close proximity.
Pop down to the branch while they are still in opening celebration mode. There might still be some food and drink giveaways and promotions to score. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to meet the people who may be helping you with your banking services in the future.