MARTINS FERRY - Some residents and business owners in Martins Ferry were not to thrilled to learn the news that the branch of Huntington Bank on 22 S. Fourth St. in town will be closing its lobby effective March 29.
The accounts will be moved to the Bridgeport location at 325 Main St.
According to Huntington representatives, the accounts will transfer automatically at the close of the business may on March 29.
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The drive-thru will be the only remains of the Martins Ferry branch of Huntington Bank.
Customers with safe deposit boxes will be receiving a letter in the mail with more detailed information.
According to Bill Ehler, Vice President of Regional Public Relations with Huntington Bank, a major part of the reason for the move was because of numbers.
"Like any strong retailer, from time to time, Huntington makes changes in its branch network," Ehler said via phone interview. "Sometimes we consolidate. Sometimes we expand.
"The decision to leave the drive-thru open was partly based on branch transaction volume and customer traffic. Those helped make the decision."
Ehler noted another major factor in the decision is that there are three additional Huntington Bank branches within a relatively short driving distance from Martins Ferry.
There are branches both in Bridgeport and Tiltonsville, along with one across the river in the Woodsdale section of Wheeling.
Ehler did note that a few years back, Huntington brought back service at its Tiltonsville branch because of customer demand and need.
The drive-thru in Martins Ferry will be open six days a week: Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
John Durant, Senior Vice President and Retail Area Manager for Huntington reminded Huntington Bank customers that uninterrupted service will be provided at all Huntington ATM and branch locations.
In addition, he added that Huntington Mobile Banking apps are available for the iPhone, iPad and on the Android platform.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact the Ferry branch manager at (74) 633-1888.
Hughes may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org