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Bank closes three branches

March 17, 2016
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Three bank branches in the region will be closed as part of a $3.4-billion acquisition.

FirstMerit Bank locations in Grand Haven, Muskegon and Portage will be consolidated into nearby Huntington locations in early 2017 after Huntington’s acquisition of FirstMerit closes in the third quarter of 2016.

Columbus, Ohio-based Huntington plans to close or consolidate 38 branches under both brands in Michigan and about 107 branches total nationwide, including branches in Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The decision to close or consolidate branches was based on their proximity to other locations, customer and community impact, customer traffic, transaction trends and financial performance, Huntington spokesperson Brent Wilder said.

“In these three instances, all branches were very close by to existing other branch network locations,” Wilder said.

He added that employees at consolidating branches will be offered ongoing employment at Huntington locations across the nation.

Making moves

The Grand Haven FirstMerit operation, at 21 N. Beacon Blvd., will be consolidated into a Huntington branch less than one mile away, at 1300 S. Beacon Blvd.

The Muskegon operation, located at 917 W. Norton Ave., will be consolidated into a branch just over a quarter mile away, at 3580 Henry St.

The Portage operation, at 3070 W. Centre Ave., will be consolidated into a branch less than two miles away, at 416 W. Centre Ave.

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