Bank is completing its mobile bank location in Kewaskum
after a fire destroyed its permanent office on May 30.
These trailers sit on the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly
Fond du Lac Avenue.
Brianna Stubler/Daily News
KEWASKUM — The so-called “Piggly
Bank” is almost ready to open its doors to customers after the
Westbury Bank fire led the company to think outside the box.
While damage is being repaired, the bank will have a temporary
mobile location in the nearby Piggly Wiggly parking lot, hence the
The senior vice president of Westbury Bank, Lisa Dixon, said there
is a long to-do list but with many hands the bank will be open by
the end of June, and hopefully much sooner.
Two trailers had to be connected and fit to closely resemble its
permanent predecessor, and the final mobile bank will offer almost
all services as the original location. It will not have a drive-thru
and there will be fewer tellers, Dixon said, but lobby hours and a
night depository should serve almost all customers. While there will
not be a Westbury Bank ATM machine, there is one inside Piggly
The Fond du Lac Avenue Piggly Wiggly location’s manager, Aaron
Laatsch, said he knows the company is aiming to open as soon as
possible and can see the work they’ve put in.
“We started planning with Westbury a little less than two weeks
after the fire,” he said. “The owner offered the location because we
can offer a lot of parking and space.”
Laatsch said this will likely help, not hurt, the grocery store.
“It probably will be a natural reaction where someone needs to pull
out money and realize they need to grab a few groceries, or the
other way around,” Laatsch said. “I don’t know it was planned like
that but I would think this would be beneficial.”
Dixon said she knows bank employees are looking forward to the close
proximity to tasty treats.
“I’ve heard staff say, ‘I’m going to gain so much weight because now
whenever I get hungry for a candy bar I can just walk right over;’
I’ve heard them list all the things the store has that they like,”
Dixon said. “It’s a great partnership.”
They will both get spoiled having the other so close, she said.
Firefighters survey the damage at the Westbury Bank on
Fond du Lac Avenue in Kewaskum after the fire on May 30.
Gay Griesbach/Special to the
But there are a few
legal aspects to work on before the bank is ready for
its first day. The Kewaskum Village Board recently
discussed the temporary mobile bank structure, and
Village Administrator Matt Heiser said they are working
with Westbury to help it get back to business.
“The village will require an electrical permit and then
issue a zoning permit,” Heiser said. “That will
accomplish two things — first of all, it will make sure
the village still has oversight over the process, and
second they’re fairly fast and easy permits to get,
which is what Westbury is looking for to get back on its
Once this and a few other construction projects are
finished, the “Piggly Bank” will be ready to serve the