BNC National Bank will soon be the coolest bank in the Valley. In August, the Bismarck, N.D.-based bank will open a full-service branch inside the Alltel Ice Den, 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. The Ice Den is the training center of the Phoenix Coyotes, and is used for practice by nearly all other National Hockey League teams.
The facility also hosts many national and international figure skating events, shows and competitions, as well as daily public skating, beginner to advanced skating programs, numerous hockey programs, skating instruction and many other community oriented events.
“This is a fast-growing area and a great place for us to be, given our unique business and neighborhood focus,” said Minnie Wharry, manager of the Ice Den branch.
“We’re fortunate to be in such a highly recognized facility, and look forward to building and growing new relationships here.”
The bank branch will include “skate-safe flooring,” which means skaters will be able to walk on it, as well as extended weekend hours and ample space for parents to log onto the Internet and conduct their business while waiting for their children, she said.
In addition to the rinks, and a hockey and skating pro shop, the Ice Den also has a Mountainside Fitness Platinum Center, a Peter Piper Pizza restaurant, an Alltel store and concession stand.
BNC National Bank is a subsidiary of BNCCORP, a publicly traded bank-holding company with $725.7 million in assets. It operates 26 locations in Arizona, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah and Colorado. Other subsidiaries include BNC Insurance Services and BNC Asset Management, as well as the bank’s trust and financial services division.
BNC National Bank has 15 locations in Arizona, Minnesota and North Dakota. In Arizona, it currently has an office in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix.
BNC opened its first bank in Arizona in 2001 when its insurance division acquired an independent insurance company.