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Mount Aetna branch of Centra Bank staying busy

July 18, 2011|By MAEGAN CLEARWOOD | maegan.clearwood@herald-mail.com

The Centra Bank branch originally on Frederick Street moved to 1219 Mount Aetna Road in May, and Chief Executive Officer Tim Henry said customers seem to find it convenient.

“For many of our customers, it’s a better location,” Henry said. “There’s a lot of growth, like the new elementary school and new hospital. It puts the bank in a more desirable location, closer to our customers, and it’s in the busiest part of town.”

The bank’s other location, at 18750 North Point Drive, remains in service.

“There’s a lot of connection between those two parts of town,” President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Harrell said.

Henry said the move was not related to United Bankshare’s acquisition of Centra Financial Holdings Inc. that was announced in December 2010.

“It’s been part of our plan all along. This is just part of our growth,” Henry said. “We needed to find a new location.”

The Frederick Street building, which opened in 2007, “served us well, but it was never supposed to be permanent,” he said.

Construction on the new building took about a year, according to Henry.

The larger building has three stories of new space, Henry said. The first floor serves as a full-service branch. Above, there is space for lending and administration functions.

Myers Building Systems designed the interior, and Waynesboro Construction built the building, Henry said.

Although the new building is larger than the Frederick Street building, Henry said no new staff members were hired.

Staff from the old building moved to the new location May 20, and the bank opened its doors to customers May 23.

“It has been busy, and it’s certainly getting busier,” Harrell said.

Henry said customers were informed about the upcoming change in 2010, when construction began.

Hagerstown resident Shahnaz Chaudhry, who opened her first account at Centra Bank earlier this month, said she was impressed by the new building.

“I think it’s great,” she said. “It’s a wonderful location. There are people coming from both sides.”

The bank is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.

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