MIDDLEPORT — Today marks the end of full banking facilities at the Peoples Bank branch in downtown Middleport.
Today at 5 p.m. all inside banking services will cease. However the drive-through facility will continue to operate today until 6 p.m. and then will be open for business all next week with regular hours beginning at 8 a.m. through April 6. Almost every service, with the exception of account or personal business relating to other bank services, can be transacted at the drive-through window, according to Tina Rees, manager.
Today also marks the retirement of two employees at the Middleport bank — Jim Snodgrass and Jane Ihle. The other two employees, Garnet Varian and Kathy Dyer, will continue working there until April 9 when they will transfer to the Pomeroy location of Peoples Bank.
Meanwhile, work continues on expansion at Pomeroy’s Motor Bank at the corner of Second and Lynn Streets. The anticipated date of completion of the ATM facility is next week with full operation to begin on April 9. At that time all four lanes, including the ATM lane, will be open for business. There will be two lanes on either side of the original building with the stand-alone ATM machine located on the outer lane along Second Street. No drive-through lanes, only parking space for use while transacting inside business, can be accessed from Main Street.
Vehicles will enter all four lanes from Second Street and depart on Lynn Street.
Middleport bank customers are again reminded that they will have full access to all their accounts without doing anything.
“It will simply be a consolidation of the same services at the same bank offered in a single location,” said Rees.
In the original announcement of the Middleport Bank closing, Rick Stafford, executive vice president, Retail Banking at Peoples Bank, said the consolidation will help improve efficiency and position the company for future success.