When the TD Canada Trust closed down in Mount Albert last month it was the end of an era in town. The bank, which had been the hub of the community for more than 100 years, was closing down.
The last customer at the bank was 90-year-old Mary Hieronymus. She still does the bookkeeping for her son Rob Scheutze’s company Aurora Online.
“It’s kind of nice in way. It’s a little bit of history,” she said.
The bank was closed after TD execs said the bank had around five walk-in customers an hour and nearly half of the bank’s customers were already using other branches in places like Keswick and Newmarket.
Hieronymus said the departure has left a void in town. “I kind of miss it. Each time you went you would have a little chat to pass the time,” she said.
Now Hieronymus has to go to the Keswick branch to do her banking. Scheutze said the change is unfortunate. “Mom loved it. It was part of her day. She would go there almost every day,” he said.
On the last day at the bank there were a lot of people on hand finishing up business. “I have never seen so many people in the branch,” he said.
Scheutze gets his mom to do the bookkeeping for his company because she enjoys it. She worked as an accountant in the publishing business before retiring.
Online banking isn’t the same Scheutze said and it is very inconvenient to go up to Keswick.
“It was a really nice thing here,” he said.
Hieronymus sends out invoices and does all the accounting and collections. “I’m not taking it away because she enjoys it. She doesn’t really drive anymore, he said.
Council passed a motion March 6 to help facilitate the sale of the TD property. Mayor Virginia Hackson said the town has been approached by other banking institutions who have an interest in opening a branch in Mount Albert.
“The greatest community need we have right now is a bank,” Hackson said at the time.