Capital One is bringing a unique café concept to Bellevue. In 2017, the national financial corporation will open a nearly 8,000-square-foot Capital One Café at The Bellevue Collection as part of the Lincoln Square expansion. The new café will join Capital One’s six other café markets across the country.
In an effort to re-imagine the banking experience, Capital One launched the café concept in 2001 as a way to better connect with the communities it serves. Capital One Cafés currently operate in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, to name a few.
Financial ambassadors will be available onsite to educate and answer questions. There will be handcrafted coffee, food items from Fuji Bakery in Seattle, four ATMs, and ample meeting space available to visit with friends or colleagues. Financial guidance also is a perk the café will provide, making it less like a bank and more like a community hub.
“It’s an actual community space that offers more than just banking,” said Ryan Laudenbach, Seattle market lead for Capital One.
Because connecting with the community is at the forefront of the Capital One Café’s mission, Laudenbach said Capital One hopes to see nonprofits and other community groups utilize the space. “It’s not easy for people to have meetings outside of their normal space, and in a lot of cases it costs money,” said Laudenbach. “We want nonprofits to know we have available space.”
In addition to the Bellevue location, Capital One also is opening a café in Seattle’s South Lake Union. The 12,300-square-foot Bellevue café will feature three nooks, two large meeting rooms, and four onsite ATMs.