In the latest shift in businesses on West Hollywood’s Westside, Citibank has announced that it is closing its branch at 8900 Santa Monica Blvd. at San Vicente on Jan. 8.
The 8,500 square foot building now houses Citibank and the Spot, an HIV/STD testing center run by the L.A. LGBT Center. The Center has announced that it is opening a new location nearby above Gym Bar on Santa Monica Boulevard at Hancock.
Vincent Ribeiro, manager of Citibank’s Santa Monica Boulevard branch and of its branch on Sunset Boulevard at Doheny, said the Santa Monica branch customers would have their accounts transferred to the Sunset branch. Ribeiro said he didn’t know why Citibank was leaving the Santa Monica location, but that a review had been done of its lease and he speculated that a rent increase was one of the reasons.
A representative of American Commercial Equities, owner of the property, said it has not identified a new tenant. David Ickovics is the broker handling the leasing.