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 Romika Odedra says the branch’s layout emphasizes the customer experience.
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PeoplesBank Expands Its Branch Presence into Hartford County
Holyoke-based PeoplesBank recently expanded its presence in Connecticut with a branch in West Hartford. The new location is projected to help the bank grow its already considerable portfolio of consumer and commercial business from south of the border, especially in an ongoing climate of mergers and acquisitions.
WBy Joseph Bednar
hen PeoplesBank opened its new- est branch in West Hartford on August 30, it wasn’t exactly its first foray into
Connecticut’s capital region. Far from it. “This is a retail opening in West Hart-
ford, but half of our commercial business
is in Connecticut already — actually, about 60%,” said Matt Bannister, the bank’s senior vice president of Marketing & Corporate Responsibility.
“Some is up in the Granby-Windsor- Suffield area,” he went on, alluding to Peo- plesBank’s first three Connecticut locations, in East Granby, Suffield, and West Suffield. “Some is down here in the Hartford region, and it actually goes all the way down to the shore. We’re kind of catching up with this retail storefront because the commercial customers want a presence here. They’ve been saying to us, ‘come down to Connecti- cut.’ And West Hartford just makes sense; it’s a great community, and a good place to be.”
Aleda De Maria, executive vice president of Consumer Banking and Operations, said a growing commercial presence in Hart-
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