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Martin's to house Harris Savings

August 11, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

Harris Savings Bank plans to expand its local banking operation by opening branches in two Martin's grocery stores in Hagerstown in September, a bank official said.

The Harrisburg, Pa.-based Harris Savings is continuing its expansion into northern Maryland by adding branches at the Martin's in Hagerstown Commons and on Wesel Boulevard, said Robert C. Crouse.

Crouse, president of Harris' Potomac Division, said Harris will take over the lease on bank operations in the two grocery stores on Sept. 8 and hopes to open soon afterward.

First United National Bank & Trust is closing operations in both grocery stores because they no longer fit the bank's corporate strategy, said Robin Murray, vice president and director of marketing.

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Murray would not say what the corporate strategy is or whether the bank would open other new branches in Hagerstown.

First United has branches in the Clock Building on Public Square and at 751 Knightsbridge Drive, she said.

Both new Harris branches will provide full service, including an ATM machine, Crouse said.

The bank will create 12 to 15 new full-time jobs at the two new branches, he said.

Harris entered the Hagerstown market in 1995 after buying First Columbia, Crouse said.

The bank's two branches at 100 W. Washington St. and 1591 Potomac Ave. in the Long Meadow Shopping Center are Harris' first in Maryland, Crouse said.

"We think there's a lot of opportunity in Maryland," Crouse said.

Harris has 32 branches, most of them in Pennsylvania's Lebanon, Lancaster and York counties, and the Harrisburg and Carlisle areas, he said. Crouse said bank officials are considering adding more branches in the Hagerstown and Chambersburg, Pa., areas.

The tentative hours for the new branches will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Crouse said.

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