Our Strong, Innovative History
CoreFirst Bank & Trust was founded in Topeka, Kansas in 1959 as Commerce Bank & Trust. Over the next five decades, Commerce built an impressive list of customer service “firsts” - all based around the core philosophy of providing outstanding banking convenience. These included offering the region’s first 24-hour ATMs, first grocery store branches, first extended and weekend hours, and a host of technological innovations, all leading to exemplary customer satisfaction and retention. The bank grew to be the largest in the area and in 1995 was nationally recognized as the “Best Bank in Kansas” by Money Magazine.
Over the years, loyal customers in nearby communities throughout the region wanted Commerce’s exceptional service. Demand grew for further geographic expansion. However, growth was stymied because another area bank was already using the “Commerce” name. To continue growth and service objectives, an “expansion identity” was needed, and, the CoreFirst Bank & Trust brand was born.
Today, CoreFirst has locations in Topeka, Manhattan and Denver, CO. Locations have also been added in the Kansas City area: Olathe, Shawnee and Lenexa.
Helping our customers with all their financial needs and leading the way in innovation and responsiveness remains at the core of our mission. This way of doing business, the CoreFirst Way, sets us apart from our competitors and will guide CoreFirst well into the future.