Chase Bank to Replace Diamond Bar Boulevard Burger King

The Planning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for Chase to build a branch in the Diamond Hills Plaza shopping center.

A South Diamond Bar Boulevard Burger King slated for demolition soon will become a Chase Bank branch.

The Diamond Bar Planning Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday night to approve a conditional use permit, a development review, and a comprehensive sign program for the project.

Chase plans to build a 3,431 square-foot bank with drive-thru ATM windows in the Diamond Hills Plaza shopping center at 2717 S. Diamond Bar Boulevard.

Natalie Tobon, an assistant planner with the city, said the conditional use permit is to mitigate any lighting, noise, circulation, or parking issues.  The existing Burger King will be demolished and a new building constructed in its place, she said.

The commissioners asked about circulation for the drive-thru windows, parking, and stop signs for pedestrian safety.  Any issues about circulation and signage for pedestrians in the drive-thru area could be addressed during plan check, staff said.

The bank operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but the drive-thru ATM machines will remain open 24 hours a day, according to staff.

“It must be a good business,” commission Chairman Jimmy Lin said about banks.  “At Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand, I counted seven banks on four corners, but I welcome another one coming to town.”

Chase has a branch at Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue.

“I think it’s a good design,” said Commissioner Jack Shah.  “I am happy about it.”




Julia Nelson February 27, 2013 at 06:44 PM
So now Diamond Bar has lost both of its Burger Kings.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) February 27, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Looks like it Julia.
SPG February 27, 2013 at 07:04 PM
another bank? i just don't get it. so plenty of places to place to pull/deposit cash but not many options for fresh new food/drink spots?
Vito Spago February 27, 2013 at 07:43 PM
That junk food will kill you. JPMChase is the largest bank in the US. Safest and a nice change from moronic Bank of America. You need to have choice or the banks will jack you around something terrible. I keep some business money in Chase and they call me up periodically to say hi. Everyone in there is Chinese, but they do not mind talking to me, the Gringo.
SPG February 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I dont care for Burget King at all so its moving is neither here nor there for me. My comment refers to the fact that I'd prefer to see another dining choice. Also, in my opinion, there are several Chase banks in DB already. As for Chase - I for one tried them for my business and I wasn't pleased - so I switched to Prospectors Credit Union - but if you like Chase good for you!
Supportive Citizen February 28, 2013 at 01:04 AM
The last thing Diamond Bar needs is another bank. I thought the city was working on providing more dining choices?? How about changing it up, an Arby's maybe. Guess not, we need another bank. Mmmmm and they wonder why we spend our money in Chino Hills
CynM February 28, 2013 at 01:57 AM
That's right - plenty of places to store your money in DB, but very few places to spend it!! DB is slowly becoming a retail ghost town.
joebanana February 28, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Gee, I can't wait to put all of my money in this corrupt institution. Maybe they can foreclose on my house too, eventhough it's PAID for. Heck maybe we citizens can get together a little "bankster bailout" for the crooks, interest free. Maybe change the name to Diamond Bank.
Robert Marvin February 28, 2013 at 04:55 AM
I for one would love an Arby's!
Walnut Watchdog February 28, 2013 at 05:05 AM
I think that it may be due to changing demographics. The same thing happened in Monterey Park in 1976 with the first wave of immigrants from Taiwan. They had no taste for fast food hamburgers. Shortly thereafter there were 18 new banks in town. People used to call them by their old names: the Kenny's shoe bank etc. Now there are dozens more, and noodle houses and other ethnic establishments. Don't feel bad. The Indians were replaced by the Spanish, the Spanish were replaced by the North Americans, now the Koreans and Chinese are replacing the North Americans....better get accustomed to it. I worry about the density though. You used to be able to roll a bowling ball down Garvey Avenue or Grand Avenue without hitting something. Not any more.
Vanessa G February 28, 2013 at 05:11 AM
I grew up in Monterey Park, we drove to surrounding areas for good burger....same.thing in Diamond Bar
Greg Miller March 02, 2013 at 09:12 PM
"The existing Burger King will be demolished and a new building constructed in its place." Does Diamond Bar really need a third Chase Branch? I don't think DB has 3 of anything the same. ??? Of all of the things that could have replaced our Burger King. Really?
Lita March 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Thirty four years in south end... We lost Denny's, Burger King and I hear KFC is next. Our food business goes totally to Brea now I guess.
notsomuch March 04, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Robert Corona March 04, 2013 at 11:01 PM
People are leaving DB because of poor sales.. short and simple. If people were buying burgers at Burger King, believe me, they would have not left. Same with Carrow's and Denny's ect ect. As the above gent stated, the place is changing. It is obviously becoming Asian. The only burgers the Asians eat are at McDonald's. Anything else will close down. I am totally surprised New York Pizza in Walnut is still open. They are my favorite pizza place. Hope they don't close.
Vito Spago March 05, 2013 at 12:00 AM
That is because it is where the few remaining non asians hang out. Same as Mikes Barber Shop. Anyone see 60 Minutes about the housing bubble in China. I have houses on my street that have been abandoned as their asian owners went back to China to get rich on Chinese RE. When that bubble bursts they will be hurting like you cannot believe! First burned on US RE then burned in Chinese RE. Get rich quick schemes often turn out to be get poor quick schemes. US Farmland. That is where the money is.
mozzy March 06, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I definitely think Diamond Bar needs more shopping and dining stores! What about a Sprouts or Trader Joe's? Is there some way the community can come together and get the city to advocate for one? Plus, other possible shops - Guppy House, 85C Bakery... Diamond Bar is really hurting for more dining! West Covina does a really good job getting businesses in, is this something Diamond Bar should look into? .. more incentives for businesses to come in?
Saul Goodman March 12, 2013 at 04:50 AM
Diamond Bar needs a Bass Pro Shops
Wayne Breitkreutz March 12, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Cabela's would be a better choice than Bass Pro Shops. Cabela's are larger. I can spend hours in Cabela's looking at all the displays and live fish. They are coming to the Left Coast. They are in Arizona and Nevada now.
dbar mom March 27, 2013 at 11:35 PM
you are right
William Michael November 04, 2013 at 08:51 PM
This doesn't make any sense. Diamond Bar has three Chase Banks now, all on Diamond Bar Blvd? I guess people are getting lazier and lazier to get to the bank.


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