Wells Fargo welcomes back thousands of employees to Uptown towers

“I think it’s good for the economy, it’s good for the city, I think it’s good for morale of people to be out and about.”
The bank allowed voluntary early return for U.S. staff starting on Wednesday.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 10:17 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - It has been about two years since the pandemic forced Well Fargo employees to work from home. Now, it is back to the office, and you can notice the influx of people in the Uptown Charlotte area.

The sound of music is a sign that Uptown is back.

“It’s surreal,” said Anthony Hobbs.

This is as thousands of Wells Fargo employees returned to the office Monday for the first time in two years. David Frost added, “I think it’s wonderful.”

The lunchtime rush, people grabbing food and walking throughout Uptown, are all signs life is getting back to normal here.

“It feels good to be around people, see people,” said Hobbs.

“We get to see a lot of old friends that we’ve only been having interview chats with over Zoom,” said Frost.

Being back in the office is not only having a positive impact on employees, but also local businesses.

Keida Engida, owner of KE Enterprise said, “I think it’s turning back.”

That is a welcomed page turned for businesses still recovering from the pandemic.

“It was slow but it’s getting back up,” said Engida.

As people start to come back to Uptown for work, some are hopeful more businesses will make a comeback as well. Frost said, “I think it’s good for the economy, it’s good for the city, I think it’s good for morale of people to be out and about.”

A return to normal after two years of anything but that.

“It’s like kind of seeing an old friend after a long time, you have to get used to things, get used to people, get used to a new routine, a new normal…. we’ll be alright I think,” said Hobbs.

People returning to work is big for the economy of Uptown, and many have anticipated this moment. The owner of the food vendor WBTV talked to came back to work last week, and he’s hoping every day is busy like it was this week.

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