Physically went to many Polish business owners to ask them in a Queens neighborhood, where many Polish families have been coming to live for the past decade. The families have been coming from Greenpoint to an area called Middle Village, New York.
Renting apartments, and buying homes in the Middle Village area, because of Polish Nursery schools in the area, Top rated Public schools in the area, and many opening up all kinds of businesses in the area. Yes they do go to other areas like Glendale, Maspeth, etc.. But Middle Village has been a hot spot now for a decade to come and reside in.
So when a local Realtor met me at a luncheon, he explained to me, that since he rents many of the stores on Metropolitan Avenue, placing Polish Deli's, Hair salons, two different banks, Franchises like Dunkin Donuts, and cleaning service companies, he asked me why is it so difficult to get a Polish Bank to come into this neighborhood?
No other area has 8 banks in one area. No other area has a park that is 10 blocks long with Tennis courts, Handball courts, baseball fields, running tracks, several playgrounds, Two catholic grammar schools, a catholic high school called Christ the King, a Polish Deli that has crowds coming out the doors with great foods, a polish bakery now that is getting great revues, a Polish Nursery school, and yet not one Polish Bank in the Community. Odd isn't it? By the way, ask any homeowner after Halloween how many Polish families came to their doors with their children trick a treating?
From conversations with some of the Polish Bank personnel this was their responses. We have banks in Maspeth and Ridgewood that are close by. (WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CONVENIENCE?)
Now after meeting many business owners, I was told personally that many Polish people do not go to Polish Banks any longer. In the beginning when the Polish people come from Poland yes they use go to Polish Banks. But now, Polish people are just like many other Americans going to a CONVENIENT bank in the area. They are not going in their cars to travel to another area to do banking, get business loans, or mortgages, when Convenience is Key!
Well there you have it. This is why the banks, the Doctors, and restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries, and other stores do well in business. It is called CONVENIENCE.
The board of Directors today do not get it because they have become comfortable making a nice living right now. So do not call them and ask them to open a Branch in Middle Village, NY 11379. Your answer you'll receive is 'we are in Maspeth and Ridgewood' already.