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CSB to consolidate Winder branches

POSTED: June 27, 2014 10:03 a.m.
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The current Community & Southern Bank branch on Broad Street in downtown Winder will be consolidated with the former Verity Bank branch nearby on Athens Street, meaning both downtown former Peoples Bank buildings will soon be empty.

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There will be one fewer bank branch in Winder by the middle of August.

Representatives from Community & Southern Bank recently confirmed that it will be leaving its branch on Broad Street in downtown Winder on Aug. 8 to consolidate at the former Verity Bank building on Athens Street. The consolidation will be complete by the following Monday.

Community & Southern recently acquired Winder-based Verity bank, but had not yet changed over any signs at the main location.

The downtown branch that CSB will be leaving was actually formerly a part of another Winder-based bank that Atlanta-based CSB acquired.

Peoples Bank was taken over by CSB in 2010 after the longtime community bank was shuttered by the FDIC. The new owners held onto a number of the former bank’s branches, including the downtown branch on Broad Street, but not the main building across the street which remains empty.

CSB Communications Manager Donna Weaver said the decision for the bank to vacate the Broad Street branch was due to a number of factors, but the consolidation will not result in any cuts among the current staff.

"We are constantly reviewing our business practices to ensure we are providing efficient and consistent service to our clients. A recent review of the Winder branch network revealed a need for branch consolidation," Weaver said. "This consolidation is solely an effort for CSB to better deploy our staff, and provide consistent levels of superior client service. The distance between the 76 North Broad Street location and the 94 West Athens Street location is less than one quarter of a mile, which should result in minimal impact to our customers and maintain our presence in the downtown Winder area. Customers at the 94 West Athens Street location will enjoy the added benefits of ample parking and ease of accessibility when entering and exiting our office.

"Additionally, all CSB team members are being retained as part of this consolidation."

Community & Southern is the largest bank in Barrow County by local deposits held, having actually acquired the former top bank, Peoples Bank, and the former second biggest in Verity.



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