MARTINS FERRY Scott Everson, president and CEO of The Citizens Bank in Martins Ferry, announced the bank has acquired property in the Plaza West complex in St. Clairsville.
The property, located at 100 Plaza Drive at the corner of Plaza Drive and U.S. 40 - National Road West, is the former Huntington Bank building.
The 3,330-square-foot building sits on 1.56 acres and will provide the bank with a stand-alone branch on the west end of St Clairsville. The bank has occupied an in-store location within Riesbeck's since July 1997, and while this location is a full-service facility and has served the bank well, it does not have drive-up, ATM or night drop services.
The new facility has a four-bay drive-up, an on-site drive-up ATM machine, night drop facilities and four teller windows in the lobby area, in addition to offices for new account openings and loan closings.
"This new facility will be a great addition to our branch network, allowing us to better serve our customer base in St. Clairsville," said Everson. "We now will have full-service offices with drive-up services on both ends of town - this new facility on the west end in Plaza West and our current St. Clairsville East office on Stewart Drive near the Ohio Valley Plaza and Ohio Valley Mall.
"We plan an extensive remodeling project to begin sometime later this year. We will also house our employee training center there. The building is an ideal layout for our needs, and we look forward to providing a larger, more customer-friendly facility for our customers."
As part of the purchase agreement, there will be a 12-month black-out period when the building cannot be used for banking transactions. However, once the remodeling is completed, the proposed plan is to open the doors for business by mid-June 2013. At that time, the current location in Riesbeck's will be moved into the new facility and the training center will be up and running.
The Citizens Bank is a full-service FDIC-insured, state-chartered commercial bank headquartered in Martins Ferry with 20 banking offices and an operations center serving the Ohio counties of Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Fairfield, Harrison, Hocking, Jefferson and Tuscarawas. The bank, with assets of approximately $430.7 million as of March 31, 2012, is an affiliate of United Bancorp, Inc. and has been in business since 1902.
Those wanting more information may contact The Citizens Bank at 740-633-0445 or toll free 888-275-5566.