The sod was turned Wednesday on a new 2,000-plus square foot location for Rosenort Credit Union's (RCU) Altona branch.

Brad Penner, CEO of Rosenort Credit Union, says the undeveloped area at 306 Centre Ave. East has great visibility.

"We were in contact with the local developer (that is working on the plot of land) and really liked the location...and this is offering us the ability to develop with the developer and create a nice space for our future credit union," he explained.

Penner added, that they've simply outgrown the current branch location at 4th Ave NE.

"We've been very pleased with the membership's support here for our branch and we can no longer serve them in our location. We just need more space."

Vickie Friesen, Vice President for the RCU Board of Directors, agreed.

"It started with a strong loyal base...they petitioned the Board to come (to Altona in 2011) and that's kind of unique and special. It's been a very loyal membership in Altona," she said.

Penner explained, that the new location will allow RCU to double its staff content at the Altona branch, which he says will allow the credit union to provide better service to its members.

Construction on the new branch is expected to start this summer, and Penner hopes to be operating out of the location by early 2023.