Beaubear Credit Union Celebrates Grand Opening of New Location

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Beaubear Credit Union believes in investing in the future of Miramichi, NB. “We believe the Miramichi is going to continue to grow,” said Andy Richardson, CEO of the Beaubear Credit Union. “There’s lots of potential and we’re committed to the community.”

From left:  Andy Richardson, Beaubear Credit Union CEO, Mayor Gerry Cormier, Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors, PC MLA for Miramichi Centre, Toby LeBlanc, Beaubear Credit Union Branch Manager and Serge Robichaud, PC MLA for Miramichi Bay-Neguac

From left: Andy Richardson, Beaubear Credit Union CEO, Mayor Gerry Cormier, Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors, PC MLA for Miramichi Centre, Toby LeBlanc, Beaubear Credit Union Branch Manager and Serge Robichaud, PC MLA for Miramichi Bay-Neguac

Staff members, members of the Miramichi Chamber of Commerce and local dignitaries were on hand to celebrate Beaubear Credit Union’s grand opening on Monday, February 25th at their new location at 202 Pleasant Street in the former community of Newcastle. This branch was previously located on Newcastle Boulevard on the Queen Elizabeth II square. The credit union moved its Newcastle Branch to the new location because it was time for a change and they had a beautiful spot. “We have about an additional 500 square feet,” said CEO Andy Richardson.

When Beaubear Credit Union first opened in Miramichi, they were located in Nelson and then they were on the Newcastle Square for close to 40 years. “We’ve had this beautiful new, modern location that’s high profile here on the corner and we’re very pleased to be here,” said CEO Andy Richardson. “I know that the staff are ecstatic to come to a new spot with all kinds of natural light.”

Robert Trevors, Progressive Conservative MLA for Miramichi Centre and minister of Public Safety, congratulated and welcomed Richardson and his staff to their new location. “I appreciate your input to the downtown of the Miramichi and for the amount of years you’ve invested here,” said Trevors. “I’m really proud of the way the corner’s coming back, with the developers in the area here.” “The corner, which is dubbed the action corner, is coming back,” said Trevors. “We see that action coming back and we need to get that action back to get our young people back,” said Trevors.

Having been a part of the Miramichi for 75 years, Beaubear Credit Union will continue to support the community.

“We are a locally owned organization, we’ve been here since 1938 and we expect to be here for hundreds of years in the future,” said Andy Richardson. “It’s a community-based financial institution and it’s a rare item that’s occurring in communities.” “It’s rare in the sense of having a financial institution like the Beaubear Credit Union pulling the community together.” “In 1938 it was a different story,” he said. “Today it’s much harder. So if a community has a locally-based financial institution, it’s a huge strength.”

Mayor Gerry Cormier was thrilled to be a part of the grand opening and tour the new building. “It’s just beautiful. There’s no other way to describe it but beautiful,” said Cormier.

Serge Robichaud, PC MLA for Miramichi Bay-Neguac, said it’s always a good thing to see existing businesses expand and to see new businesses set up shop in Miramichi. “It’s so sad to see some businesses leaving this town, but you’re staying here and this is great news for Miramichi.”

Beaubear’s new home, which they are leasing, is brand new, aside from a section that was renovated from the former Sears store. They were open for business at the new spot on December 11th.

Together with their Water Street location in Chatham Head, there are a total of 27 Beaubear Credit Union employees in Miramichi, NB.

Note: A PDF of the article published in The Miramichi Leader newspaper can be downloaded by clicking here.