New partnership serving up coffee, tea and financial advice


POSTED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 11:20am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 8:52pm

A popular coffee house in West El Paso will soon be serving up more than just coffee and tea.

Kinley's House Coffee & Tea is teaming up with GECU to bring a new combined location that will offer free financial advice.

Construction crews are laying the groundwork for the new building on Oregon near University.

Once the brand new, two story building goes up, customers will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee, or tea, while attending a free financial workshop.

"We're breaking ground on a new concept designed around people's lifestyles," said Crystal Long, GECU President and CEO.

"I think it's an interesting concept that hasn't been tried before so it would be fascinating to see how it works out," said Philip Robinet, a Kinley's customer.

The building will have personal teller machines that will allow people to handle their personal banking after the credit union's normal business hours.

Considering the building's proximity to the UTEP campus, the financial advice could also prove to be helpful for college students.

"After you get out of college, to learn the right way to manage your finances and to get through these shaky times," said Robinet.

Anthony Lerma, a Kinley's customer who is searching for a job, said the new, larger location could also mean more jobs.

"A lot of students around the campus need a job, they probably need something really close by," he said.

The partnership will be the first of it's kind in El Paso.

"It's good for the city that these things are being tried and hopefully it starts a trend," said Robinet.

The groundbreaking for the new building will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The project is expected to be complete by the fall.

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