About 300 Wells Fargo employees will move into the banking giant's new Chandler campus next week as part of efforts to consolidate operations now spread throughout the Valley.
The workers are the first of about 2,000 Wells Fargo associates who will move into two newly constructed buildings at the Ocotillo Corporate Center, a 62.5-acre site at the northwest corner of Price and Queen Creek roads just south of Santan Freeway stretch of Loop 202, over the course of this year.
"This campus gives people a better perception of the commitment that Wells Fargo has to the community and what we represent to the economy of the Valley and Arizona," said Sue Kathe, Wells Fargo's regional manager for the East Valley. Wells Fargo has 230 banking locations across the state, which is the largest banking presence in Arizona, she said.
Kathe was involved in scouting and selecting the Chandler site which was chosen, in part, because of its accessibility to several highways, including Loop 202.
"This is right off (Loop) 101 and (Interstate) 10 is right off Queen Creek Road.
This is very accessible to all points in the Valley," Kathe said. Wells Fargo spokeswoman Marjorie Rice said the campus will house employees who conduct internal banking and back-office tasks for Wells Fargo operations throughout the state.
Although a large number of employees will relocate, the company will maintain its corporate presence in downtown Phoenix, Rice said.
While the two buildings combined provide about 400,000 square feet of space, the campus could ultimately provide more than 1 million square feet of office space for 7,000 workers once fully developed.
Kathe said that construction crews are doing some finishing work on the buildings, but with the campus' landscaping and large fountain, "the site is absolutely gorgeous.
The biggest problem that we have now is that everyone wants to move there." Immediate plans do not call for a public Wells Fargo banking outlet at the corporate center.