BB&T announces closure of Mount Carmel, Orwigsburg, Shenandoah branches

John E. Usalis And Jill Whalen, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
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Apr. 15—BB&T bank branches in Orwigsburg, Shenandoah and Mount Carmel will close at noon July 20.

Customers are being notified in a letter from the bank's parent company, Truist.

Amber Odom, a spokeswoman for Truist, said the Orwigsburg and Shenandoah operations will merge with the BB&T branch in Pottsville.

She said there will be no job losses in any of the mergers, and there is no action required for clients.

"Their relationships will be automatically transferred to our Pottsville office, where they'll receive the same attention and client service they're accustomed to," she said.

There are no other consolidations planned in Schuylkill County, Odom said.

Clients in Mount Carmel will now be served at the Shamokin west branch in Shamokin, she said.

This will be the second Shenandoah bank to close in about a year. On April 17, 2020, Santander Bank closed its branch at 2 N. Main St., across the street from BB&T. Those accounts were transferred to Santander's Pottsville branch.

'Sad' in Shenandoah

"This is very sad. It's going to be a tremendous loss to Shenandoah," Mayor Andrew Szczyglak said. "It will be another empty building on Main Street.

He feels sorry for elderly people who don't have transportation to get to Pottsville or Hazleton to do their banking.

"My grandmother is one of them. We have to look for a different bank for her," he said. "There are people who have been doing their banking business at that location for over 50 years."

Downtown Shenandoah Inc. Executive Director Susan Swope said that she is always disappointed when businesses close their doors in Shenandoah and throughout the county.

"As online banking is becoming more and more popular, major banks throughout the country are closing their branch lobbies," she said.

Even with the loss of the financial institution, the downtown revitalization organization will continue its mission.

"DSI is aware that the only way to strengthen their community is to provide people with the tools they need to be successful," Swope said. "That is why we are committed to building the Center For Education, Business and the Arts."

CEBA is an innovation center planned for the downtown where entrepreneurs and small businesses will be able to get resources and assistance to start and grow businesses.

Hazleton branches not closing

The BB&T bank branch at 12 E. Broad St. in Hazleton was closed Tuesday, but that was because of a COVID-19 exposure in the building. That branch, which was to reopen Wednesday with drive-thru service only and reopen fully on Monday, and the branch at the Laurel Mall are not part of the planned closures, Odom said.

Contact the writer: jwhalen@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3592