An excavator helps May 22 to demolish the basement walls of the former Dunkin’ donut shop  at 321 Main St. in Lewiston. the site will become the home of a cPort Credit Union branch next summer. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

The Buzz can confirm that cPort Credit Union is coming to Lewiston.

Chief Executive Officer Gene Ardito said Tuesday that they’ve been considering a move to Lewiston for some time and they purchased the former Dunkin’ donuts property at 321 Main St. about two months ago.

The building has been demolished and cPort hopes to break ground later this summer and projects opening its new branch in the summer of 2025.

“I’m excited,” Ardito said about the location, which he noted is on a busy street across from Central Maine Medical Center. It’s an “urban setting, walkable and connected to the immigrant population,” he said.

Ardito said they have a number of members in the community who have to travel to Portland to do their banking.

cPort has chosen Platz Associates as the architect and Hebert Construction as its primary contractor, adding they plan on hiring local subcontractors. The new branch’s design is still being developed, but Ardito said it will have a drive-through, full-service lobby banking and the credit union will integrate some new technology for customers as an option to traditional banking.

cPort was founded in 1931 as the Federal Employees Credit Union of Maine in Augusta and is believed to be the oldest credit union in the state. It has branches in Portland, Scarborough and Augusta.

Ardito emphasized the decision to choose this location fits into cPort’s approach to community banking, which he said has a diverse membership and employees with the ability to speak multiple languages.

“We wouldn’t come to Lewiston if we didn’t feel we had something to offer (the community),” he said.

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