FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Cathy Planchart, AVP
Corporate Communications & Community Relations
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
P.O. Box 1089, Ellsworth, ME 04605
207-667-0660 x4655 / email@example.com
DATE: June 7, 2013
TITLE: BAR HARBOR BANK & TRUST ROCKLAND BRANCH RENOVATION PROJECT
Rockland, Maine– On Monday, June 10 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will begin preparing the lot next to their branch at 245 Camden Street in Rockland, to accommodate a temporary building to house branch operations while the branch is being renovated. There will be no Saturday banking on June 22 at this location, while operations are moved into the temporary facility next door. Renovations to the existing branch will begin on Monday, June 24 and are expected to be completed in mid-October.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s temporary branch in Rockland will be open for business beginning June 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. The drive-up ATM will be open as usual, in its present location. The night depository is located on the back of the temporary facility, accessible via a lighted walking path. There will be no drive up service available at the temporary location. Safe deposit boxes can be accessed Monday-Friday, subject to the construction schedule.
“Bar Harbor Bank & Trust acquired the Rockland branch in March of 2004. Since that time, loans have increased by 205 percent and deposits by 50 percent. It has been part of the Bank’s strategic plan to renovate our most successful and profitable locations. The outstanding level of customer service provided by the Rockland team has contributed to the success of this location,” said Steve Leackfeldt, EVP/Retail Banking & Operations.
The renovations of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s branch in Rockland will include an extensive facelift, both inside and out. The floor plan is being changed, decreasing the size of the customer service counter and completely re-working the safe deposit box area. The result will be improved safety, security and privacy. “We are also providing handicap accessibility to the safe deposit box area,” said Leackfeldt. In addition, all central systems will be upgraded, including HVAC, electrical, security and lighting. “The heavy wood wall coverings in the lobby will be eliminated and replaced with painted drywall, which will make the interior much brighter,” said Leackfeldt. “On the exterior, the blue overhang will be removed and replaced with a product called EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System).” In addition, all of the doors and windows will be replaced and the parking lot re-paved. E.L. Shea, Inc., of Ellsworth, has been hired as the general contractor, using local subcontractors whenever possible. Completion of the project is expected for mid October.
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a community bank with more than $1.3 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, the Bank offers a full range of financial services and products for families, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout Maine with 15 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, is a subsidiary of Bar Harbor Bankshares (AMEX:BHB) and was named one of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Maine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to www.bhbt.com.
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