“We are aware of the situation and working to resolve it quickly. We encourage our customers to use online and mobile banking as one avenue while we work to resolve this.” – Statement from Wells Fargo public relations
Update from Wells Fargo: As of 12:30 PM PT all branches have recovered and are now open for business.
I just stopped by my local Wells Fargo branch to take out some money and was stopped at the door. I was told that the branch was closed because of “a major computer issue” that has made it so none of the computers in the bank worked. When I asked where the nearest branch was that I could take out some money, I was told that it was a “sever issue” that was affecting all Wells Fargo branches in California and that none were currently open for operation. (Update: Wells Fargo now says that the “issue impacted a small number of our overall stores in CA, mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was resolved quickly.”)
They were processing deposits if you had your account number and were accommodating withdrawals of up to $100. When I asked when they thought the issue would be resolved, they said they were hoping to open everything by this afternoon, but there were no guarantees.
This can cause some major headaches for people who are planning to leave for the Memorial Day weekend who can’t get access to their cash, especially if they aren’t able to solve the issue by this afternoon. Many people will be taking off for their vacations Friday afternoon and may be stuck without the amount of cash they hoped to take. This could also cause major issues for those who had other banking they needed to do before the Memorial Day weekend, which could only be done at a branch. Banks will be closed on Sunday and Monday for the federal holiday.
I have contacted Wells Fargo to get a statement on what exactly is happening. I was told that they are aware that there is an outage issue, but they didn’t currently have more information. I will update this post when I hear back from them. If you were planning to go to withdraw money today at your local Wells Fargo bank, give them a call to make sure their systems have been restored before you make the trip.
If you need cash, one option would be to withdraw money from a non Wells Fargo affiliated ATM, but there may be charges for doing so.
(Photo courtesy of Ken Teegardin)
It can be quite difficult trying keep track of what is and isn’t open on the various holidays throughout the year. This can be especially difficult when the holiday lands on the day which would normally be a workday. A good example of this is Memorial Day. As the holiday approaches, people sometimes wonder whether or not banks, credit unions, and the post office will be open on Memorial Day (May 25, 2015). This information can be important because there is nothing more frustrating than going to run errands at one of these institutions to find that it’s unexpectedly closed.
To make things more complicated, the actual Memorial Day and the day that Memorial Day is observed are often not the same days. The actual Memorial Day is May 30 every year, but in 2015, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 25. This is because Memorial Day is a federal holiday, and it’s observed on the last Monday in May each year. What you need to know is whether or not these institutions will be open on May 25, since this is when the federal holiday is observed.
Since Memorial Day is a federal holiday, most government offices will be closed for business. There are exceptions (National Parks will be open), but most government offices will be closed.
Banks will be closed for Memorial Day. While this holiday is celebrated on a Monday, which is a day banks are usually open, banks usually observe federal holidays. For this reason, bank branches will be closed on May 25 and no banking will be able to be done inside local branches on this day.
Credit unions will be closed on Memorial Day. Much like banks, credit unions are also usually open on Monday, but they also usually observe federal holidays. We aren’t aware of any credit union that will be open on Monday for Memorial Day.
For both banks and Credit Unions, even though their branches will be closed to observe the holiday, that doesn’t mean that you can’t do any banking. In fact, you should be able to do most basic banking transactions either through their ATMs or on their website. Even when branches are closed, both of these run every day of the week, even if it happens to be a holiday. Be aware that transactions that are done by either of these two methods may not show as being completed until the next business day when they are open. For example, if you deposit a check, the funds from that check may not be available to withdraw right away, and the clearing process might not start until the next business day.
Post offices will be closed on Memorial Day. The post office, since it’s part of the federal government, observes all federal holidays including Memorial Day. All post office branches will be closed on May 25 and there will be no mail delivery on this day.
If you need to do some business at your bank, credit union or post office, plan ahead because they’ll be closed on a day of the week they’re usually open, in order to observe and show respect for those who served and died for our country. If what needs to be done can’t be put off until Tuesday, May 26 when all these institutions will open again, make sure to get what you need done by Friday, May 22.
This post has been updated for Mother’s Day 2015 (May 10)
There is nothing more frustrating than when you go to a store only to find that it’s closed on that particular day. In many instances, the reason for the closure is that it happens to be a holiday that you may have forgotten about, or you simply didn’t think that the store would be closed on that particular holiday. With the holiday landing on May 10 in 2015, you might be wondering, “What stores are open on Mothers Day?” Here is a list of stores, and whether or not they will be open for Mother’s Day.
Walmart is open on Mother’s Day. If you happen to need to purchase a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, or you simply want to do your regular Sunday shopping, the Walmart in your area will be open.
Target is open on Mother’s Day. All Target stores across the US will be open their normal Sunday schedule hours. If you need to purchase anything from your local Target store, it will be open on May 10.
Costco is open on Mother’s Day. Costco only has six days during the year when it isn’t open. Mother’s Day is not one of these. All Costco stores will be open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Flower shops are open on Mother’s Day. Most flower shops are independently owned and set their own business hours. If the flower shop is usually open on Sunday, then it will be open on Mother’s Day. Even if the shop isn’t normally open on Sunday, it might be open on May 10. This is because Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for flower shops. If you are uncertain, your best bet is to call the local shop to confirm whether or not they will be open.
Chocolate shops are open on Mother’s Day. Premium chocolate makers such as See’s Candy and Godiva retail outlets will be open during their normal business hours. This usually includes hours on Sunday. If you have a local independent chocolate store, they will most likely be open for Mother’s Day since this is a big day to purchase chocolate. If your local chocolate shop is not normally open on Sunday, you should call them to confirm whether or not they will be open.
All grocery stores are open on Mother’s Day. While there are a few days during the year when grocery stores will be closed, Mother’s Day is not one of these. You can do your regular Sunday grocery shopping if that is part of your routine, or you can stop in to get some last-minute Mother’s Day gifts if you happen to forget the holiday. All major grocery stores such as Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods will be open. Even local, independently owned grocery stores should be open if they are regularly open for business on Sundays.
National drug store chains are open on Mother’s Day. All three of the major drugstore chains (CVS, Rite-Aid and Walgreens) are open for business on Mother’s Day. If you do shopping at a local or independently owned drugstores, and that drugstore is usually open on Sunday, then it will almost certainly be open on May 10. If your local drugstore is not open on most Sundays, then it will likely be closed on this day.
In most cases, yes, restaurants are open on Mother’s Day. If the restaurant that you want to go to is usually open on Sunday, then it is likely going to be open on Mother’s Day. Depending on the restaurant, there may be a special menu for brunch. Your best bet is to call the restaurant to confirm whether or not they are open, and whether or not they are serving a special menu on this day.
Gas stations are open on Mother’s Day. Any gas station that is normally open on Sunday for business will be open on May 10. If it happens that a local gas station is closed on this day, there should be plenty of other gas stations open in the area where you will be able to fuel up your car.
Banks and Credit Unions
The majority of banks and credit unions are closed on Mother’s Day. Most banks and credit unions are closed on Sunday. Since Mother’s Day happens to land on a Sunday each year, these institutions are closed as part of their normal business hours. The exceptions are TD Bank and Citizens Bank (Walmart locations) which are open on most Sundays. There are a number of regional credit unions that are open on Sunday as well (list here). These will be open on Mother’s Day as well.
While many of the bank and credit union branches will not be open, ATMs and websites will be functional on this day. Customers should be able to do many of the basic financial transactions through these two resources. If you do a transaction through an ATM or through the online website, it’s important to remember that the transaction may not post to your account until the next business day.
Post offices are closed on Mother’s Day. Much like banks and credit unions, most post offices are closed on Sunday as part of their regular business hours. Therefore, you can expect that post offices will be closed on May 10. If you happen to have a post office that has Sunday hours, it’s best to call to confirm that they will be open on this day.
(Photo courtesy of Nicki Dugan Pogue)