Pittsfield Cooperative Bank Opens New Branch, Unveils New Signage

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Cooperative Bank (Coop Bank) opened the doors to its newest and fifth branch office, 734 Williams Street, on Saturday, March 30. 
The location has not been occupied by a financial institution since late 2021. This is the first branch for Coop Bank since opening its Dalton Avenue location in 1999. The Williams Street branch features a new drive-up ATM/ITM, two drive-up teller lanes, safe deposit boxes and four interior teller windows. The branch is open Monday through Saturday, including the following hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M-Th); 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (F); and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Sa).
The Williams Street branch will be managed by Joseph DelSoldato III. DelSoldato was hired in late February as a Vice President, Branch Manager, and specifically selected due to his familiarity with the location. DelSoldato was most recently a vice president, relationship manager at Berkshire Bank for the past three and a half years. Prior to that he served as a branch officer, financial services representative as well as roles in business development and relationship management at several banks in central and western Massachusetts. He has worked in the financial services industry for more than fifteen years, and received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Westfield State University.
"Coop Bank is pleased to announce Joe as the manager of our newest branch," said CEO J. Jay Anderson. "He has tremendous experience in branch operations and business development, and is well-connected in the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, and eastern New York."  
Joining DelSoldato at the Williams Street branch will be Scott Cowlin, vice president, relationship banker; Alexarey Overbaugh, head teller; Paige Barry, teller; and Tori Bishop, teller. Customers and the community will recall that Cowlin was most recently Coop Bank's branch manager and Overbaugh a teller at its main office in Pittsfield. Barry and Bishop worked as float tellers, respectively. The branch also features a Hyosung interactive teller machine (ITM). This new machine will initially function as a traditional ATM, but the Bank will be enabling its full technological capabilities and rolling out video-assisted transactions at Williams Street and additional locations over the next several months.  
The Williams Street branch is the first location featuring Pittsfield Cooperative Bank's new logo and signage that was announced in its February anniversary release. A key complement to the branch signage includes a new interior LED lit monument sign designed and manufactured by Graphic Impact Signs that will eventually become a principal element at all of the Bank's locations.

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Pittsfield Starbucks Closed Temporarily

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

A sign outside the coffee shop assures customers the closure is only temporary. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Your alarm goes off, you get ready, and you leave for school, work, or whatever your appointment a little bit early to get a cup of coffee to start your day, only to find that the Pittsfield Starbucks, located at  555 Hubbard Ave., is closed. 
The sign has been removed, and the drive-through is blocked, but Starbucks coffee addicts need not worry — this closure is only temporary. 
The coffee shop closed its doors temporarily on July 7 to undergo a standard renovation with the chain's new Siren System, a Starbucks spokesperson said. 
According to the signage, the reopening date is projected to be Aug. 21. 
According to its website, the Siren System is part of the chain's Starbucks Reinvention plan, which aims to improve the experience for partners and staff by responding to changing needs and increasing demands. 
"As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate our store portfolio using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers," the spokesperson said. 
The chain's article on unveiling its innovations said, "Over the past few years, the number of cold beverages ordered has surpassed the number of hot drinks year-round. And, two in three drinks ordered have requested customizations such as extra espresso shots and flavorings."
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